Astronomers debate what is the “strange object” discovered in the Milky Way

The spinning object in the Milky Way has been discovered by an Australian student and is, according to calculations, about 4,000 light-years from Earth.


The discovery of a spinning object in the Milky Way that emits an electromagnetic beam at an unusually long rate has opened up a new field of research, astronomers say. A young Australian thesis student, with the help of a powerful telescope located in the center of the country, discovered this space object, located according to scientists about 4,000 light years from Earth.

The object releases a huge amount of electromagnetic radiation about three times every hour, for unusually long periods, according to data published by the journal Nature. “It is an unusual object” soberly indicates the radio astronomer Ismaël Cognard, of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Astronomers have already detected in the past stars that emit electromagnetic waves at regular intervals. But it emits radiation roughly every 18.18 minutes, rather than a much shorter period. Pulsars are the most common. They are very high density stars, composed exclusively of neutrons, whose emissions are very intense, brief and regular.