The blog has been rather clowncar-centric lately, what with the new house and the girls and vacation and all, so it's back to space.
This is a huge mysterious space blob, very far away and thus from the very early universe (only three other objects more distant than this have ever been seen). No one knows what it is. The beginnings of a black hole? The early stages of one of the first galaxies? The cosmic egg from which Mothra hatched?
It's called Himiko, after an ancient Japanese queen, thus reinforcing the whole Mothra vibe. Apparently, the peer-reviewed paper that announced the discovery actually refers to it as a "blob" 34 times. No one knows what to call it.