An American astronomer of the twentieth century. Hubble was the first to show that there are galaxies beyond the Milky Way. He also discovered the red shift, thereby laying the foundation for the Big Bang theory. (See also Hubble Space Telescope.)
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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