Spooky Circles in Space Are Puzzling Astronomers

Spooky Circles in Space Are Puzzling Astronomers
A mysterious, hazy, circular object has appeared in space, and astronomers have been trying to figure out what it is for over a year.According to an article in The Conversation by Ray Norris, a science professor at Western Sydney Universe, via Space.com, astronomer Anna Kapinska presented an image to Norris and the rest of her colleagues in September 2019 labeled “WTF?” The image showed a smoky ball chilling in space. None of the scientists knew what it was.

Another was found a few days later. Now, scientists estimate there are about 1,000 of them. An image of the phenomena can be seen in The Conversation. Scientists have named them ORCs, which stands for “odd radio circles.” They don’t know how big or far away these rings are.

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Is it a ghost? A smoke ring? A (cool) ghost blowing a smoke ring? The researchers haven’t ruled those out yet but they have ruled out “debris left behind when a star in our galaxy explodes” and radio emission, according to The Conversation.

Astronomers around the world are trying to figure it out. The post on The Conversation says two scientists in Russia feel it could be connected to wormholes.

“It’s an exciting time for us,” Norris wrote. “Most astronomical research is aimed at refining our knowledge of the Universe, or testing theories. Very rarely do we get the challenge of stumbling across a new type of object which nobody has seen before, and trying to figure out what it is.”
Researchers have submitted a full paper about the unidentified objects, but it’s not known when the paper will be published.

Maybe the circles are a message from the Galactic Federation, which may or may not be an actual thing. Maybe it’s an alien race looking for their missing monolith since a monolith was recently found in Utah.

At the very least, these spooky circles further the calls from scientists to keep exploring unidentified objects from space with new technology.

Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.

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