Daily Mail quoted a report by a research team from Curtin University to Australia as saying that the mysterious star is located in the constellation Scutum, it emits pulses of radio waves lasting 5 minutes every 22 minutes.
This makes scientists question the existence of an alien civilization trying to communicate with Earth. Before that, many astronomers questioned how aliens would communicate with humans if they existed. However, so far there is no evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization.
According to the Curtin University team, the radio-pulsating star is a type of magnetostar with the strongest magnetic field ever detected, codenamed GPM J1839−10.
Magnetic stars can produce powerful pulses of energy for periods ranging from seconds to minutes. (Photo: ICRAR)
That allows them to generate intense pulses of energy for periods ranging from seconds to minutes. What’s unusual here is that this cycle repeats exactly after 22 minutes.
The star’s pulsed radio waves lasted for at least 30 years, leading to speculation it might have some connection to extraterrestrial life.
“Whatever mechanism is behind this is extraordinary,” said Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker, lead author of the study.
Magnetic stars are neutron stars with extremely strong magnetic fields and often explode violently in the blink of an eye without warning.
Neutron stars are formed from the remnants of massive star collapses after supernova explosions – also known as supernovas. Supernova explosions take place in the final stages of a star’s evolution.
According to Dr. Hurley-Walker, the magnetron in question is GPM J1839−10, 15,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scutum.
“This remarkable object challenges our understanding of neutron stars and magnets, which are some of the strangest objects in the universe,” added Dr Hurley-Walker.
Many observatories worldwide have recorded radio waves from GPM J1839−10, and this process has lasted for more than 30 years. (Photo: ICRAR)
In 2022, the Curtin University team discovered GPM J1839−10 via the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in Western Australia. Later many other telescopes also discovered this male cham star.
However, when combing through data from other radio telescopes around the world, Dr. Hurley-Walker’s team discovered that GPM J1839−10 was found as far back as 1988.
Curtin University researchers say that their discovery of GPM J1839−10 raises new questions about the formation of star magnets and may even shed light on the origins of mysterious phenomena such as the appearance of mysterious radio pulses.
That helped them determine if the mysterious radio pulses were from an extremely long-period magnetic field, or something more extraordinary like an alien link.