An image from the Hubble Space Telescope has astronomers baffled once again.
The Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP) recently announced the discovery of a “mystery object” that does not fit with observational data compiled by the Sloan Deep Sky Survey (SDSS). According to Kyle Barbary, an astrophysics graduate student with U.C. Berkeley and lead author of a paper appearing in The Astrophysical Journal, the observation is:
“…inconsistent with all known supernova types, is not matched to any spectrum in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database” of vast numbers of objects. “We suggest that the transient may be one of a new class.”
As Barbary and his colleagues indicate, the closest they can come to the characterists of SCP 06F6 are quasars whose “hot gas” envelopes absorb radiation emissions at specific frequencies. However, a spectrographic analysis of the newly found object reveals nothing recognizable to the team. They are unable to determine if it is in our own galaxy or somewhere much farther out in deep space.