Scientists Discover Spooky Object in Our ‘Galactic Backyard’
When it comes to science and astronomy I am a huge nerd. I love everything that is related to science and I love everything that is related to the cosmos and all that is out there in it. Our universe is more massive than anything that we could ever possibly fathom.
If you simply just think of the largest object that you have ever seen words can’t even describe how minuscule it is compared to the size of the largest objects in our universe. I remember the first time I started looking into larger objects than the sun and not only objects like galaxies but even singular objects such as larger stars. There are so many stars in our universe so they’re just more massive than our sun and make our own sun look like a spec of salt.
If you’ve never seen a video depicting the size of our universe, take a look at this one. It’s sure to blow your mind.
So there are plenty of things to be afraid of out there, but researchers in Australia recently spotted something in the sky that is just down right spooky.
There is an object that becomes one of the brightest objects in the sky for about 1 minute every 20 minutes. This is puzzling scientists because there is nothing that we know of that can do this.
A team mapping radio waves in the universe has discovered something unusual that releases a giant burst of energy three times an hour, and it’s unlike anything astronomers have seen before.
The team that discovered it think it could be a neutron star or a white dwarf—collapsed cores of stars—with an ultra-powerful magnetic field. Spinning in space, the strange object sends out a beam of radiation that crosses Earth’s line of sight, and for one minute in every 20, is one of the brightest radio sources in the sky.
Astrophysicist Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker, from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, led the team that made the discovery. “This object was appearing and disappearing over a few hours during our observations,” she said. “That was completely unexpected. It was kind of spooky for an astronomer because there’s nothing known in the sky that does that. And it’s really quite close to us—about 4,000 light-years away. It’s in our galactic backyard.”