We haven’t seen anything like this, says Ziteng Wang, who is leading the new research study.
Researchers have become familiar with the new, unknown radio waves because they stand out significantly compared to previous observations of similar phenomena.
The new signals are coming from the Milky Way at the center of our galaxy. The unusual radio signals make astronomers wonder.
It emits huge sun flares
At first we thought it could be a pulsar, a very dense type of rotating dead star that emits massive solar flares. But the signals from this new source are not identical What can we expect from this kind of celestial body , Wang explains in a statement prepared Sydney University.
The new and amazing observations were made using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.
A total of six times over the past year, foreign radio signals have been picked up by researchers.
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– The signal is turned on and off
Experts still have to figure out what causes the signals, that is, what the source itself is. The signals simply behave unlike anything other than what astronomers previously knew.
The signal turns on and off, apparently at completely random times, says search leader Ziteng Wang.
Another characteristic is that the unknown source emits radio waves of varying strength. In other words, there is no recurring systematic pattern in the signals.
A new giant telescope can solve the mystery
Scientists are now relying on a new generation of telescopes to unravel the mystery of radio signals.
Over the next decade, a powerful new telescope is expected to give scientists insight into parts of the universe’s hitherto unresolved mysteries.
– It will also open to study parts of the universe with electromagnetic waves that were previously hidden from us, University of Sydney physics professor Tara Murphy says.
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