Currently, it's spinning around quickly in space so that the beam of radiation hits us three times every hour; with one minute out of every twenty becoming one of the brightest radio sources in yer sky.
“The MWA’s wide field of view and extreme sensitivity are perfect for surveying the entire sky and detecting the unexpected,"
“It’s a type of slowly spinning neutron star that has been predicted to exist theoretically,” said Dr Hurley-Walker. “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," Mr O’Doherty explained.
A paper describing the research, ‘A radio transient with unusually slow periodic emission’, is published today in Nature.
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