Bizarre Light In Deep Space Puzzles Scientists
NASA's Swift satellite has observed a bizarre light source in the dwarf galaxy Markarian 177, 90 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
Researchers are yet to explain the object. However, according to some experts it might be a black hole that has been catapulted out of the galaxy, while others think it might be a giant star that is exploding over several years.
The object may provide experimental confirmation of the gravitational waves as predicted by Albert Einstein.
The object has been shinning quite brightly since 2001 which confirms that it cannot be a normal supernova.
The strange light source, dubbed SDSS1133, has been detected in astronomical surveys done six decades ago, The Space Reporter reported.
Scientists will get a chance to look for answers next years as they have been given observation time with Hubble Space telescope in October next year. They would be able to measure this spectrum more precisely then.
Researchers hope that the change in the brightness of the object in coming years may give researchers clues as to what they are dealing with.
The new findings have been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.