Armchair astronomer discovers unique ‘cosmic ghost’

How cool is this? Someone “looking over photos of galaxies on the Internet” might have discovered a new type of object in space.


Van Arkel is a 25-year-old schoolteacher in Heerlen, The Netherlands, not an astrophysicist. But her startling find — a mysterious and unique object some observers are calling a “cosmic ghost” — has captivated astronomers and even caught the attention of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has agreed to take a closer look next year.

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