Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia recently detected mysterious radiowaves from space having a completely unknown origin, expressing complete puzzlement over the nature of the energy that is being emanated.
They are coming from a region in the very center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Some are speculating that there could be no other explanation than that a type of life form is purposely emitting these radio waves out into space. But no astronomers anywhere on Earth know at present what is responsible for their creation.
What they do know is that they are not coming from a star or a planet, but from a new kind of celestial object.
Newly-detected radiowaves in space are complete anomaly
Researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Spain, France, and South Africa, who published the findings in the Astrophysical Journal, explained that the most unusual property of the new radio wave signal is that it has a very high polarization.
This means that its light oscillates only in one direction, but this direction rotates over time.
At first they thought it could be a kind of pulsar, which is a spinning dead star; alternately they thought it might be a type of star that emits solar flares. However, the signals they observed match nothing else known to mankind.
Over the course of nine months in 2020, the scientists received a total of at least six signals of the radio waves from space via SCIRO’s ASKAP radio telescope, located in New South Wales, Australia.
Scientists went public with the information that they have now, hoping that someone, somewhere, might be able to piece together the information they gleaned and come up with some kind of explanation for the origin of the radio waves.
They also pointed out that the brightness of the object changes dramatically, by as much as a multiple of 100 — and the radio wave signal seems to “flash” in a random pattern. These aspects alone may prompt some to believe that some kind of conscious being is responsible for emitting the waves.
Astronomer Ziting Wang, from the Institute of Astronomy and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, admits “We have never seen anything like it.”
Tara Murphy, who like Wang is also a professor at the University, recalls “Looking at the center of our galaxy, we found this object that is unique, as at first it was invisible, then it became bright, then it faded and then it reappeared. The behavior was completely unusual.”
Astronomers have vast knowledge of the properties of many types of stars and other heavenly bodies, of course, so their puzzlement over these radio waves from space make the occurrences even more intriguing.
Many stars emit variable light along the electromagnetic spectrum. Pulsars, which are a type of neutron star; supernovae, which are stars that send flashes out into space, and what they term “fast radio waves” (FRBs) are just some of the objects out in space that have fluctuations in their luminosity.
But the new radiowaves, pick dup first by the powerful Australian radio telescope ASKAP, later confirmed by the South African radio telescope called MeerKAT, have none of this characteristics.
Attempts to observe the emanations by way of a traditional optical telescope also failed. The cults sensitive MeerKAT telescope finally was able to detect the unknown object again in 2021, at which time it was officially named “the object of” Anti — from the nickname of the scientist who first discovered the phenomenon.
Incredibly, Murphy said “we were lucky that the signal returned, but we found that his behavior was dramatically different. The source disappeared in just one day, although it had lasted for weeks when we had observed it with the ASKAP radio telescope.”
Astronomers believe that this mysterious galactic entity is most likely small in size but has an outsize magnetic field.
Along with several other unknown objects, found in recent years which also have varying amounts of luminosity, it is now placed among a group of what scientists call “Galactic Center Radio Transients.”
Soon, they hope — at least within the next ten years, a yet more powerful telescopic system known as the Australian/South African radio telescope SKA, or Square Kilometer Array, will be tasked with finding out more about these other intriguing objects and what they might be trying to tell us.
With information from iopscience.iop.org via RES – EIA