Australian scientists picked up an unknown radio signal from the center of the galaxy

Astronomers from Australia have found a new source of radio signals. The mysterious source is located near the center of the galaxy. Scientists have already given it a name – ASKAP J173608.2-321635. In an article published on the Astrophysical Journal, said the difficulty of recognizing the object. Scientists are still unable to interpret the signal with the shape and properties of the unknown celestial body.

The radio signal was detected with the help of an ultra-sensitive telescope ASKAP, designed specifically for such studies. It helps to study weak radio signals received from all directions of the cosmos.

According to Australian scientists, the source detected is a highly polarized radio source of variable type. Astronomers claim that ASKAP J173608.2-321635 has no similar ones at the moment. They concede the possibility that the mysterious radio source may represent an entirely new class.

The described object behaves unpredictably and very erratically. It happens that scientists receive signals from it for quite a long time. However, after some time it stops transmitting radio waves. During the entire period of study (from 01.04.19 to 01.08.20), the signal has appeared 13 times. Since then, no such signals have been observed.