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Zooming in on a giant space blob

21 September, 2016 / Read time: 1 minute

This video zoom sequence starts with a wide-field view of the dim constellation of Aquarius (The Water Carrier) and slowly closes in on one of the largest known single objects in the Universe, the Lyman-alpha blob LAB1. Observations with the ESO VLT show, for the first time, that the giant “blob” must be powered by galaxies embedded within the cloud.
Credit: ESO/A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2/M. Hayes
Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)