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Scientists took a photo of the mysterious radio circles in space Trying to find an explanation

Astronomers using powerful radio telescopes have studied the mysterious radio circles (ORCs) found in space. Some of them are even larger than our galaxy.

These radio circles were first discovered by the ASKAP radio telescope in 2020. Theories about what causes them have ranged from galactic shockwaves to wormholes. A new detailed image taken by the MeerKAT radio telescope provides researchers with more information about radio circles.

Scientists took a photo of the mysterious radio circles in space

Researchers now have three leading theories about the nature of circles:

  • They may be the remnants of a huge explosion at the center of the host galaxy, such as the merger of two supermassive black holes.
  • They may be powerful particle jets erupting from the center of the galaxy.
  • They may be the result of a shock wave from star formation.

To date, ORCs have only been discovered with radio telescopes, and searches with optical, infrared, or X-ray instruments have been fruitless. At the same time, radio circles are huge – about a million light-years across, which is 16 times larger than our own galaxy.

Scientists will have to study these mysterious objects more carefully with the help of more powerful telescopes.

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