Researchers have been left completely baffled by these signals as they do not match any known astrophysical radio source.
Ziteng Wang, expert from the University of Sydney who has been keeping track of the newly emitted radio signals, believes that they might very well be coming from a new type of celestial body. He said:
At first we thought it could be a pulsar, a very dense and rapidly rotating remnant star core. A star with huge eruptions was also discussed...The signals from this new source do not match anything we expect from known stellar objects.
The signals were first picked up in outback Western Australia using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope by Professor Tara Murphy. She explains the inconsistency of the signals and their erratic detection patterns:
Sometimes it seems to stay on, detectable for days or weeks at a time, and then other times it can come on and off in a single day, which is extremely fast for an astronomical object.
'It was completely invisible'
And when it comes to her theory on what exactly could be emitting these radio signals Dr. Murphy remains as perplexed as all other scientists currently working towards the discovery. She said:
This object was so bright that if it was a star, we should be able to see it in visible light. But...we didn't see it at all, it was completely invisible.
So then we've got this situation where we've ruled out the two most likely explanations. That rules out almost all astronomical objects we know of.