MILKY WAY GALAXY (WUTR / WFXV / WPNY) – Astronomers at the University of Sydney in Australia have discovered unusual signals coming from the center of the Milky Way. The source was detected six times between January 2020 and September 2020.
“The strangest property of this new signal is that it has a very strong polarization. This means that its light oscillates in only one direction, but that direction rotates over time, ”said Ziteng Wang, lead author of the new study at the University of Sydney. “The brightness of the object also varies considerably, by a factor of 100, and the signal turns on and off seemingly randomly. We have never seen anything like it.
He further explained that the object started out invisible, became shiny, passed out, and then reappeared. Very unusual behavior that could suggest a new class of star object.
When astronomers tried to find the object in visual light, they found nothing. The signal eventually returned, but they discovered that his behavior was drastically different. It was gone in a single day, although it had lasted for weeks on previous sightings. Mr. Wang and his team plan to keep a close eye on this object for more clues as to what it might be.