Radio Signals from the Center of the Milky Way Pose Mystery - The Cosmic Companion 13 October 2021

Think you know what the odd radio signals are which are seen coming from near the center of the Milky Way? Nope. It's probably not that.

Radio signals from the center of the Milky Way don’t seem to act like anything astronomers have ever seen before - so, what is it?

Astronomers participating in the ASKAP survey have spotted a unusual radio signal coming from the direction of the center of the Milky Way. These flashes of radio emissions are unlike anything astronomers have ever seen before.

This odd signal — dubbed ASKAP J173608.2–321635 — varies 100 times in intensity between its brightest and dimmest moments. And, these radio signals from the center of the Milky Way seem to “switch on and off” at — apparently — random intervals. This behavior might suggest astronomers are glimpsing a previously-unknown type of object.

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