Scientists have reportedly sported an unknown object letting out bursts of flashing radio waves in space.

The ‘mysterious’ object was first spotted by a student at Curtin University named Tyrone O’Doherty; using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in outback Western Australia.

Further study of this object also show the release of giant energy waves three times an hour, with a distance estimated at 4,000 lightyears away.

Leader of the research – Natasha Hurley-Walker, of International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, also stated that the object appeared and disappeared for few hours during a particular observation.

“That was completely unexpected. It was kind of spooky for an astronomer because there’s nothing known in the sky that does that.

“And it’s really quite close to us—about 4000 lightyears away. It’s in our galactic backyard,” she continued.

Astronomers also propose that the object could simply be a ‘white dwarf’ or ‘neutron star’ with a very strong magnetic field. It also produces the most brightest radio source in the whole sky after twenty minutes, with a glaze lasting about 60 seconds.

According to Dr Hurley-Walker, the star’s potential has been downplayed, with less expectations placed on its strength and brightness.

“It’s a type of slowly spinning neutron star that has been predicted to exist theoretically.

“But nobody expected to directly detect one like this because we didn’t expect them to be so bright.

“Somehow it’s converting magnetic energy to radio waves much more effectively than anything we’ve seen before,” she said.

Scientists now race against time to focus telescopes in its direction as soon as it switches back on in space. There is also a look-back on early archive records in a bid to determine if a previous one had been detected.

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