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Hubble telescope catches green blob in space

This handout photo provided by NASA, taken April 12, 2010 by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows an unusual, ghostly green blob of gas appears to float near a normal-looking spiral galaxy. NASA released Monday the Hubble Space Telescope's first picture of the mysterious giant glowing green blob of gas called Hanny's Voorwerp. The blob is the size of our Milky Way galaxy and is 650 million light years away. Each light year is about 6 trillion miles. The blob was discovered in 2007 by Dutch school teacher Hanny van Arkel. (NASA)

January 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an incredible sight deep in space of a mysterious green blob.The glowing green form was actually giving birth to new stars in remote areas of the universe where stars don't normally form.

Parts of the blob were collapsing and that pressure caused stars to form outside a normal galaxy.

The blob is mostly hydrogen gas and is about the size of the Milky Way galaxy.

The blob of gas was first discovered by a Dutch school teacher in 2007 and is named Hanny's Voorwerp.

NASA released the new Hubble photo Monday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.