UNUSUAL radio signals have been spotted in the sky, pulsing about 1,300 light-years from Earth.
According to a report in The Conversation, a team of scientists spotted a strange flash, or “pulse,” in the Milky Way.
University of Sydney lecturer Manisha Caleb explained in the report: “My colleagues and I (the MeerTRAP team) made the discovery while observing the Vela-X 1 region of the Milky Way, about 1,300 light-years from Earth, using the MeerKAT radio telescope observed in South Africa.
“We detected an odd-looking flash or ‘pulse’ that lasted about 300 milliseconds.”
She added: “This wasn’t like anything we’d seen before.”
The scientists found that the pulse bears similarities to the emissions from a neutron star.
The team sifted through ancient data from this region of space and found that similar signals had been sent out before, but had been missed by previous research.
The strange pulses are said to repeat every 76 seconds.
A neutron star’s pulse cycle usually lasts a few seconds or less, so scientists began to suspect that this wasn’t the cause.
Caleb wrote, “Which means we may have found an entirely new class of radio-emitting objects.”
The research teams explain their mysterious findings in a new study published in Nature Astronomy.
It concludes: “Our discovery demonstrates the existence of ultralong-period neutron stars, suggesting a possible link to the evolution of highly magnetized neutron stars, ultralong-period magnetars, and fast radio bursts.”
The location of the strange object sending out the pulses has been pinpointed.
Scientists now call it PSR J0941-4046.
They believe they are a new breed of radio-emitting galactic neutron star.
What makes it even more unusual is that it is located in a neutron star “graveyard”.
This is an area of space where stars are not expected to be active.
The researchers believe that future searches for similar stellar objects will be crucial in expanding our understanding of space.
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