As our eyes on the sky grow ever more sensitive, we’re going to find more and more things we’ve never seen before.
Such is the case for a newly discovered source of radio signals, located not far from the center of the galaxy. It’s called ASKAP J173608.2-321635, and astronomers have been unable to figure out what kind of cosmic object best fits its weird properties.
Their paper has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal, and is available on preprint server arXiv.
“We have presented the discovery and characterization of ASKAP J173608.2-321635: a highly-polarized, variable radio source located near the Galactic Center and with no clear multi-wavelength counterpart,” explain a team of astronomers led by Ziteng Wang of the University of Sydney in Australia.
“ASKAP J173608.2-321635 may represent part of a new class of objects being discovered through radio imaging surveys.”
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Source: Science Alert