Actually, researchers wanted radio waves in the universe investigate. One of the students involved came across something that had never been observed before. Above all, its behavior is a mystery to astronomers to this day. A comparable discovery has at least not yet been made.
Mystery in the universe: no one expected such an object
Like the International Center for Research in Radio Astronomy (ICRAR), an international “centre of excellence” in astronomical science and technology in Perth, Western Australia, on Twitter in late January postedthe researchers involved were surprised by their own discovery:
“#breaking A team mapping radio waves has discovered something unusual that records a large burst of energy three times an hour & it’s unlike anything astronomers have seen before.”
@ICRAR via Twitter
According to the first ideas about the origin of the energy bursts, a neutron star or a white dwarf could be behind it. So the strange object in the universe rotates around itself and emits radiation that then represents the brightest radio source in the sky for one minute every twenty minutes.
“Scary for an astronomer”
The statements of the leading astrophysicist Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker (Curtin University, International Center for Radio Astronomy Research).
“The object appeared and disappeared over a few hours during our observations. That was completely unexpected. It was a bit scary for an astronomer because there’s nothing known in the sky that behaves like this.”
dr Natasha Hurley-Walker, astrophysicist
In addition, the object would be quite close to us compared to the size of the universe. About 4,000 light-years away, “in our galactic backyard,” as Hurley-Walker puts it.
The object had actually been located by Tyrone O’Doherty, an honors student at Curtin University. He used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in the Australian outback and a new technique he developed himself.
Object in the universe belongs to the “transients”
An object of this type is at least known to astronomy insofar as it can be counted among the so-called “transients”. These flicker on and off and usually signify the death of a massive star or the activity of its remnants.
What is new, however, is that something matters for a minute, according to Dr. Gemma Anderson, ICRAR-Curtin astrophysicist and co-author. Meanwhile, Hurley-Walker continues to observe the object with the MWA and plans to look for other unusual specimens of this species in the telescope’s archives.
Sources: Twitter/@ICRAR, icrar.org