Hanny's Voorwerp—a glowing, green blob in space—is unexpectedly giving birth to stars, a new Hubble Space Telescope picture has revealed.Sounds like a fun project; either that or a way to get suckers to do your work for you for free... But I jest, just imagine "Fritz's Voorwerp."
The odd object was discovered in 2007 by a Dutch schoolteacher participating in Galaxy Zoo—"voorwerp" is Dutch for "object." The online project had public citizens worldwide helping to classify galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey catalog.
The other object is IC 2497, a spiral galaxy lit from within by a quasar. Hanny's Voorwerp was created from a string of matter from IC 2497 by the radiation from the quasar.
Hanny's Voorwerp is an unusual member of a recently discovered class of galaxies, "green pea" galaxies.
The universe is a weird, cool, place.