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Scientists from Australia claim to have discovered an unknown spinning object in the Milky Way that is unlike anything they’ve seen previously.

According to Australian experts, a weird spinning object in the Milky Way has been identified that is unlike anything astronomers have ever seen. Every 18 minutes, the object, which was first found by a university student of Australia, has been reported to produce a massive burst of radio radiation for a whole minute. Objects in the universe that pulse energy are frequently documented. Researchers, on the other hand, argue that something that turns on for a minute is quite unusual.

The team is attempting to have a better understanding of the situation. Tyrone O’Doherty, a Curtin University Honours student, spotted the object using a telescope and a new technique he devised at the Murchison Widefield Array, a part of the Western Australian outback. Mr O’Doherty was part of a team lead by astronomer Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research’s Curtin University node (ICRAR) situated in Western Australia.

“[It] appeared and vanished over a few hours during our observations,” she was quoted as saying in an ICRAR press release announcing the discovery. “That was a huge surprise. For an astronomer, it seemed a little strange because there’s nothing else in the sky that can accomplish that.”

“I was frightened that it was aliens,” Hurley-Walker admitted when asked if the powerful, steady radio signal from space could have been sent by any other life form. “Of course, it may be something we’ve never considered before — a completely new form of object.”

Astronomers are familiar with objects that turn on and off in the Universe, which they refer to as “transients.” In the release, ICRAR-Curtin astronomer Dr Gemma Anderson was reported as noting that an object that turned on for a full minute was “very odd.”

“More detections will tell astronomers whether this was a rare one-off occurrence or a massive new population we hadn’t observed before,” said Dr Hurley-Walker. “I’m excited to figure out what this thing is and then expand my search to locate others.”

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