September 16, 2008
As much as I like “scientists confident” stories, I LOVE “scientists baffled” ones even more. Why? Because scientists, much like every other profession, can become hidebound and set in their ways and need shaking up from time to time.
I refer of course to the whole “hey, I think the continents are floating and actually move!” discussion which got very nasty for very many years.
But I digress.
This story is all about a new object in the sky (sorry, Juha, universe) that has them… baffled.
I like that word. It implies having cotton wool in your ears AND not having the faintest idea what something means. It’s a win win.
The object … appeared out of nowhere. It just wasn’t there before. In fact, they don’t even know where it is exactly located because it didn’t behave like anything they know. Apparently, it can’t be closer than 130 light-years but it can be as far as 11 billion light-years away. It’s not in any known galaxy either. And they have ruled out a supernova too. It’s something that they have never encountered before. In other words: they don’t have a single clue about where or what the heck this thing is.