Every 18 minutes, an unknown space object sends out radio waves.

28th January, 2022.      //   Space Travel  // 
This image shows the Milky Way as viewed from Earth, and the star icon marks the location of the unknown object.

This image shows the Milky Way as viewed from Earth, and the star icon marks the location of the unknown object.

Astronomers discovered a celestial object unleashing massive bursts of energy while tracking radio waves across the universe, and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

Three times every hour, the spinning space object, which was discovered in March 2018, emitted radiation. It became the brightest source of radio waves visible from Earth at that time, operating as a celestial beacon.
It could be a remnant of a collapsed star with a strong magnetic field, such as a dense neutron star or a dead white dwarf star, or it could be something else entirely.

The discovery was the subject of a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
In a statement, lead study author Natasha Hurley-Walker, an astrophysicist at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research’s Curtin University node, said, “During our observations, this object appeared and disappeared over a few hours.”
Because there’s nothing known in the sky that accomplishes that, and because it’s so close to us — around 4,000 light-years distant, it’s in our galactic backyard — it was sort of creepy for an astronomer.”

Tyrone O’Doherty, a doctorate student at Curtin University, made the remarkable finding in Western Australia’s outback while utilizing the Murchison Widefield Array telescope.
In a statement, O’Doherty stated, “It’s wonderful that the source I detected last year has turned out to be such a strange object.” “The MWA’s large field of vision and high sensitivity make it ideal for observing the entire sky and spotting unusual objects.”

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