Could our Milky Way galaxy contain a wormhole that humans could travel through? A new study from the Annals of Physics says yes, theoretically. Scientists in Italy say dark matter in the center of the galaxy could create and sustain a working “tunnel through space-time.” Most confusing and shocking of all, the tunnel could be the size of the entire Milky Way galaxy.
The scientists stress that their theories are not definitive proof of a wormhole in the Milky Way. Nevertheless, their mathematical models show it is possible thanks to one factor: dark matter.
Scientists believe that dark matter, together with its brother dark energy, constitutes roughly 95.8 percent of everything in the universe. That being said, they don’t know much more about it.
It’s a substance that lives up to its name, in that it does not absorb, emit, or reflect any kind of electromagnetic radiation, like light. So we cannot see it in any way, but researchers are confident it exists because they can detect the gravity it exerts on galaxies like our own Milky Way.
Professor Paulo Salucci, the lead author of the study, told the Telegraph there’s enough dark matter in the middle of the Milky Way to sustain a wormhole.
“If we combine the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the universe and we hypothesize the existence of space-time tunnels, what we get is that our galaxy could really contain one of these tunnels, and that the tunnel could even be the size of the galaxy itself.”
Salucci added, “but there’s more. We could even travel through this tunnel, since, based on our calculations, it could be navigable.”
According to the Daily Mail, Salucci’s study builds on past research that originally suggested there was a massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. Now this latest research asserts the theory that the black hole is the Milky Way’s wormhole, a space tunnel that might connect to other distant galaxies.
If you watched the movie Interstellar, all this might sound remotely familiar. It should.
Professor Salucci told the Telegraph the science in Interstellar is exactly what he’s working on.
“What we tried to do in our study was to solve the very equation that the astrophysicist ‘Murph’ was working on. Clearly we did it long before the film came out.”
Christopher Nolan worked with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to make sure the science in his film was as accurate as possible. Apparently he succeeded.
The astrophysicists say their theories could be checked by comparing the Milky Way galaxy to a different type of galaxy nearby, which might be the next step in their research.
“Our result is very important because it confirms the possible existence of wormholes in most of the spiral galaxies,” Salucci concluded.
The Milky Way wormhole study was conducted by the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, and their research can be found here.
[Image Credit: NASA]