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Blasts of flashing radio waves coming from mysterious object in space


Scientists spot object that blasts radio waves into space slowly

According to the Independent, the object that blasts radio waves into space appears and disappears ever few hours. Natasha Hurley-Walker from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research led the study of the object. She described it as "completely unexpected" and "kind of spooky for an astronomer because there's nothing known in the sky that does that."

Researchers say the object could be a white dwarf or a neutron star with an exceptionally strong magnetic field. It's spinning fast, shooting the beam of radiation flashes at Earth about three times an hour. For one minute out of every 20 minutes, the object is one of the brightest sources of radio waves in the sky.

Curtin University student Tyrone O'Doherty was the first to see the object while using the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in western Australia's outback. Since he first spotted it, the object has confused the astronomers who have been studying it.