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We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

TOO COLD

For a long time, scientists have been baffled by a weird oddity far away in space: a mystifying “Cold Spot” around 1.8 billion light-years across.

It is colder than its surroundings by roughly 0.00015 degrees Celsius (0.00027 degrees Fahrenheit), a fact astronomers uncovered by measuring background radiation through the universe.

Previously, astronomers believed that this space could be cooler simply because it had less matter in it than most sections of space. They dubbed it a massive supervoid and estimated that it had 10,000 galaxies fewer than other comparable sections of space.

However, in a recently published study of galaxies, a team of astronomers from The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) say they have found that this supervoid could not exist and they believe that the galaxies in the cool spot are clustered all over smaller voids that occupy the spot that is cold like bubbles. All these small voids can’t explain the temperature dissimilarity detected.

MULTIVERSE?

To connect the temperature differences to the smaller voids, the researchers state a non-standard cosmological model would be needed. “However, our data place strong limitations on any effort to accomplish that,” explained researcher Ruari Mackenzie in a RAS media release. Even though the study had a huge margin of error, the simulations indicate there is a two percentage possibility that the Cold Spot formed randomly.

“This means we can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model. But if that isn’t the answer, then there are more exotic explanations,” said researcher Tom Shanks in the press release. “Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.”

In case more detailed studies affirm the findings of this research, the Cold Spot might prove to be the case to be the first evidence for the multiverse, though far more evidence would be required to ensure our universe is indeed one of the many.

 

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