Does Milky Way hide a portal to the distant Universe?

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Kulvinder Singh |  Sen

milky way galaxyOur Milky Way could be harbouring a cosmic “wormhole”—that exotic short cut across the Universe made famous in science fiction shows and films—according to a team of scientists in India, Italy and the USA. Such a wormhole could offer an alternative to Dark Matter as an explanation for the missing mass in our Galaxy, say the scientists in a paper submitted to The Annals of Physics.

It could even be traversable, according to the team. However, they do not believe their calculations actually proves the existence of a Galactic wormhole. So-called cosmic wormholes have been a staple of science fiction for decades as a means of travelling to distant worlds by literally taking a short-cut through the Universe itself. Just such a wormhole features in the blockbuster film Interstellar. And far from being fanciful plot devices, wormholes have a respectable origin in physics, where they're known as Einstein-Rosen bridges.

“The distribution of Dark Matter in our Galaxy mimics the presence of a stable wormhole, which we inferred by solving the standard equation for General Relativity,” Dr Paolo Salucci of the International School for Advanced Studies, Italy, told Sen. Salucci is referring to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which tells us that there should be more mass in the Milky Way than what we see from all of the stars, planets, dust and gas clouds it contains.

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