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The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely alive. The bizarre glowing blob is giving birth to new stars, some only a couple million years old, in remote areas of the universe where stars don't normally form.
An eerie green cloud lurking around a nearby galaxy has puzzled scientists since it was discovered last year. New observations reveal that the cloud's ghoulish appearance may have to do with radiation streaming from a black hole inside the galaxy.
The cloud itself is devoid of stars, so astronomers were unsure what was generating the green glow. Some suggested that radiation from a massive black hole in the center of the galaxy (called a quasar) could be the culprit, but until now no such black hole radiation had been visible.