Australian scientists announced that they have discovered an object in the Milky Way galaxy that they claim is unlike anything seen before. This interesting object was first discovered by Curtin University student Tyrone O'Doherty. O'Doherty was able to image the object using a telescope and a new technique he had developed, in an area of Western Australia known as the Murchison Widefield Array.
Besides, the mysterious object has been observed to emit a large burst of radio energy for a full minute, every 18 minutes. O'Doherty was part of a team led by astrophysicist Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker from Curtin University's International Research Center for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR). "It appeared and disappeared within a few hours during our observations. This was completely unexpected. It was a bit scary for an astronomer because nothing else in the sky is known to do this," ICRAR said in a statement.
Scientists also announced that they determined that the object is about 4,000 light-years away from Earth, is incredibly bright, and has an extremely strong magnetic field. On the other hand, the researchers said the object could be a neutron star or a white dwarf. A neutron star is formed when a star explodes as a supernova and the rest collapses into itself. White dwarfs are defined as cold stars in their final stages of life. However, it is still unclear what the mysterious object is.