Australian scientists say they have found a "spooky" object in the Milky Way: something that has never been seen before.
A college student discovered something never before observed in outer space; scientists are working to determine what exactly it is.
Australian scientists say they have found a "spooky" object in the Milky Way: something that has never been seen before. The object emits large amounts of radio waves for a full minute, every 18 minutes.
Although the objects in space that emit energy have been well studied, experts point out that the fact that it "turns on" for a full minute is a very unusual occurrence.
According to the BBC, the object was initially discovered by university student Tyrone O'Doherty at Curtin University as part of Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker's team. He himself developed a technique with which he managed to observe the mysterious object through the telescope.
"It would come and go for a few hours while we were making observations," Hurley-Walker said. "That was completely unexpected. It was a bit creepy for us as astronomers, as there is nothing known in the sky that behaves like that."
Objects like the one discovered in the Milky Way are called "transients" because they constantly turn on and off. However, an object that burns for an entire minute is a rarity in the world of astrophysics.
And where is the strange object? Scientists determined that it is 4 thousand light years from Earth, is very bright and has a very strong magnetic field. It could be a neutron star or a white dwarf -a, which are those that are composed of the remnants of a star that collapsed.