Scientists Discover New Class of Radio-Astronomical Object

As big and strange as the universe is, it keeps getting bigger and stranger. Mysterious rings, visible only in radio light, have been discovered in space. They’re new. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:

The mysterious rings “do not seem to correspond to any known type of object” and so have been simply dubbed Odd Radio Circles, or ORCs, according to a new study, led by Western Sydney University astrophysicist Ray Norris.

“We have discovered, to the best of our knowledge, a new class of radio-astronomical object, consisting of a circular disc, which in some cases is limb-brightened, and sometimes contains a galaxy at its centre,” Norris and his colleagues said in the study, which was recently posted on the preprint server arXiv and has not yet been peer-reviewed.


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