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A mysterious object in space is blasting out radio waves every 18 minutes

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A "mysterious object" is blasting out radio waves in space.

According to a post on Instagram from New Scientist, the mysterious object "is pulsing in a way astronomers have never seen before", and emitting radio waves every 18 minutes.

According to data collected by Natasha Hurley-Walker and her team at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, the object – named GLEAM-X J162759.5-523504.3 and located about 4000 light years away – pulses with a regular rhythm, brightening for 30 to 60 seconds once every 18.18 minutes.

Speaking about the findings, Hurley-Walker said: “No one really thought of looking for objects on this timescale because we couldn’t think of any mechanisms that produce them, and yet they exist,”

Last year, NASA shared a musical representation of the Butterfly Nebula, giving people an idea of what deep space could sound like.