Scientists Just Found What Looks Like Proof Of Parallel Universes
Right now, somewhere out there in the infinite universe, there’s a version of me stuck, struggling to get my brain into gear so I can write this article.
He’s also probably single, skint and wondering what the fuck he’s doing with his life – but in a way I find that thought oddly comforting, because as they say, misery loves company. I’d definitely rather think about that version of me other than one that’s absolutely winning at life, is mega-rich, doesn’t have to work and is with a super-hot girl that loves me for me.
What a scary thought, and clearly the work of science fiction.
Well, according to a recent report by scientists, maybe not, because they claim that there could be an infinite number of parallel universes that contain infinite versions of ourselves- which means the idea of me being successful isn’t actually that far-fetched.
This is basically the theory of the ‘multiverse’, and a new study has found that a mysterious ‘Cold Spot’ in space could prove that our universe is just one of many infinite and everlasting realities. It’s claimed that this ‘Cold Spot’ in background radiation could actually be the result of our universe once colliding with another entirely different universe.
This ‘Cold Spot’ was formed when the universe came into being more than 13 billion years ago. It was discovered by NASA’s WMAP satellite in the year 2004, and its existence was finally confirmed by the ESA’s Planck mission in 2013.
It is thought the ‘Cold Spot’ measures around 1.8 billion light years across and radiation found here was colder than its surroundings, by around 0.00015 degrees Celsius (0.00027 degrees Fahrenheit).
Researchers previous speculated that this was because it had fewer number of galaxies (around 10,000) within it than other areas of space but a new study has debunked this theory, stating that such a “massive supervoid” is impossible to exist.
This opens the origin of the ‘Cold Spot’ to more peculiar explanations, with one being that it is proof of the ‘multiverse’.
Tom Shanks, an astronomy professor at Durham University, and co-author of the study said: “We can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model [of particle physics].
“But if that isn’t the answer, then there are more exotic explanations.
“Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.
“If further, more detailed, analysis of data proves this to be the case, then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse – and billions of other universes may exist like our own.”
If true, the ‘Cold Spot’ could reveal that our cosmos contains an infinite number of parallel universes containing an infinite number of realities, meaning that just about anything is possible.
It also means that there’s an infinite amount of possibilities for my parents to be disappointed in me…
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