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Scientists have noticed a strange ‘blinking’ star at the heart of the Milky Way

When astronomers say bluntly that they are puzzled, it is always a good sign.

One such intricate object, discovered by a project called VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea survey, or VVV, appears to be the second of its kind known to scientists – and the species looks particularly impressive, according to new research. This conclusion was reached by scientists who discovered a bright star it almost disappeared before their eyes.

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