astronomy a large, almost circular, emission nebula in the constellation Vela and Puppis. Thought to be the remains of a supernova explosion 1 million years ago, it is estimated to lie 1300 light years away
A mysterious green blob in outer space is named “Hanny’s Voorwerp.” What does that mean, and why is the blob there?Did you catch the story about a giant green blob discovered in a remote section of the universe? An intergalactic blob in and of itself isn’t an appropriate topic for a dictionary website, even if the blob has been shown to move and change color. The reason you are reading about this on Dictionary.com is the mouthful of a name: Hanny’s Voorwerp. The second word is pronounced “FOR-verp.” While the …
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Word Origin for Gum Nebula
C20: discovered by C. S. Gum (1924–60), Australian astronomer
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