Bizarre radio waves are coming from the center of the Milky Way and scientists can't figure out what they are

Oct 12th

If you needed yet another thing to be kinda sorta freaked out about as you fall asleep at night, here you go and you're welcome:

Space experts have detected unusual radio waves coming from the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The energy signal is unlike any phenomenon studied before and could suggest a previously unknown stellar object, according to a new study.

The brightness of the object varies dramatically, and the signal switches on and off apparently at random, said Ziteng Wang, lead author of the new study in The Astrophysical Journal and a doctoral student in the School of Physics at The University of Sydney.

"The strangest property of this new signal is that it has a very high polarisation. This means its light oscillates in only one direction, but that direction rotates with time," he said in a news release.

Yeah, this is how it always starts, right? And it always ends the same way—you know how that is:

Seriously, though, what could it be? Some experts initially guessed a pulsar, but the data ultimately did not support that conclusion.

Any other ideas?

Could be anything, really!


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