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Astrophysicist Natasha Hurley-Walker marked the position of the mysterious object in the Milky Way with a little sun symbol

This morning.

Via BBC:

The object, first spotted by a university student working on his undergraduate thesis, releases a huge burst of radio energy three times every hour.

The pulse comes “every 18.18 minutes, like clockwork,” said astrophysicist Natasha Hurley-Walker, who led the investigation after the student’s discovery, using a telescope in the Western Australian outback known as the Murchison Widefield Array.

While there are other objects in the universe that switch on and off – such as pulsars – Ms Hurley-Walker said 18.18 minutes is a frequency that has never been observed before.

Finding this object was “kind of spooky for an astronomer,” she said, “because there’s nothing known in the sky that does that.”

Meh.

Australia scientists find ‘spooky’ spinning object in Milky Way (BBC)

AFP

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