Astronomers discovered a new galaxy and the cluster of stars, dust and gas is shaped like a human fetus. And it may be alive!
Dr. Jacob Yablonski says the galaxy is located 40 thousand light years from Earth and measures millions of miles across.
He could not explain why scientists haven’t spotted the galaxy before. He did say that the star system appears to be growing and emits radio waves in short busts that amazingly sound like a human heartbeat.
“We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Dr. Yablonski, whose studies of galaxies and black holes have earned him a global reputation.
“The galaxy is unusually bright and definitely resembles a human fetus. It has a large head, torso, arms, feet and hands.
“There is even the suggest of an umbilical cord protruding from the belly. We don’t know exactly what to make of it at this point.
“But the sheer intensity of radio waves and radiation coming from the galaxy indicate that it is growing rapidly and is unusually active.
“I don’t think it’s going too far to say that we might be witnessing the birth of a new life-form.”
Dr. Yablonski and a research team discovered the galaxy while performing a routine telescopic survey of the heavens from a base in Kenya on February 4th.
The scientists initially thought that the human shape was caused by moisture or dust in the their equipment. But computer-enhanced satellite photos obtained from the Soviet Union and United States clearly show the galaxy to be human in shape.
Further study revealed that radio waves are coming from the galaxy in heartbeat-like bursts that indicate the star system may be alive.
“It could be a coincidence – but I doubt it,” said Dr. Yablonski.
‘When we plot the bursts on a graph they look exactly like an ultrasound.
“If that thing is alive w wer’re definitely going to hear more from it. Sometimes I look at the galaxy and expect to hear it scream.”
Other astronomers studying the new galaxy agree that its human form is unusual but are reluctant to suggest that it might be alive.
One U.s. astronomer says the heart-beat like radio pulses “may not mean anything at all.”
“The pulses are definitely unique but that doesn’t mean that the galaxy is a living creature,” said the expert. ”I’m not ruling anything out. We simply need to study this further.”
Said Dr. Yablonski: ”We’ll know much more in the months and years to come.
“if the galaxy grows and develops along human lines there will then be no doubt that it is indeed alive. Even if it’s not, we’ve still made an exciting discovery.
“Every new star and galaxy we discover brings us that much closer to finding out how our entire universe was born.