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The ancient and mysterious Himiko

The ancient and
mysterious Himiko

The most fun you can have in science is when someone discovers something that nobody can explain. It’s been a long time since we had that kind of fun in particle physics. In particle physics we’re usually running experiments to test what we think we already know.

Astronomers and astrophysicists get to have all the fun today with the announcement of the “giant mysterious object” named Himiko, after an ancient mysterious Japanese shaman-queen.

Light takes time to travel across the universe. Astronomers figure Himiko existed when the universe was an 800 million year old toddler. According to existing models of the Big Bang, small clouds of gas formed first and then took time to coalesce into bigger clouds that eventually formed galaxies and stars.

Is Himiko a proto-galaxy? Is there a black hole inside? Is it going to change our understanding of the Big Bang?

Whatever the answers are, one thing is sure — many research projects will be launched, seminars given, papers published, and young careers shaped, before the puzzle of Himiko is solved.