Mysterious Stellar Object Discovered Emitting Radio Waves Every 22 Minutes for 35 Years

By: | July 30th, 2023

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Astronomers have made an exciting discovery within our galaxy—a recurring radio signal that emits for several minutes every 22 minutes, persisting for a remarkable span of at least 35 years.

The detection of a radio signal from another galaxy is a major astronomical event. This suggests the presence of intelligent life beyond our planet.

Scientists have been searching for extraterrestrial life for decades, and this discovery brings us one step closer to answering the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.

This enigmatic signal challenges current physics without any known explanation.

The mysterious intensely magnetic neutron star, positioned about 15,000 light-years away from Earth, is puzzling astronomers with its extraordinarily long intervals of emitting radio waves.

Astronomers from Curtin University’s International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) identified this object using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope on Wajarri Yamaji Country in outback Western Australia. It was designated GPM J1839-10.

GPM J1839-10 has remained active longer than any other known magnetar, intensifying the mystery. Unlike others that fade within months to years, this one has persisted for around 35 years. Data from various radio telescopes confirms its continuous emission since at least 1988.

Fortunately, GPM J1839-10 remains robust even a year after its discovery. This enduring presence allows astronomers to make continuous observations in their quest to unravel its mysteries and find an explanation.



Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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