by Graham Pierrepoint
Science fiction has a lot to answer for – we’re not just talking in terms of concepts such as teleportation, lightsabers and intergalactic councils – we’re talking genuinely intriguing concepts such as parallel universes, where it’s assumed that alternate versions of ourselves may reside, or where beings not entirely different to ours may be struggling to find intelligent life. While the idea of a parallel universe being created for every separate decision we make is rather headache-inducing, it’s also rather awe-inspiring – and while we may be a few centuries away from discovering whether or not such worlds do exist beyond our grasp, a suggestion has been made this week which may encourage further discussion over whether or not another universe exists just beyond our reach.
A barren area of space referred to as a Cold Spot has been perplexing scientists for a couple of years now, particularly as it appears to be missing a considerable amount of matter – so strangely bereft, it seems, that experts have been trying to work out why there are so few galaxies in the zone ever since. However, as with all scientific mysteries and unexplained circumstances, there will always be one or two opportunities for a few outlandish theories to make their way into the public forum. This week, it seems that Durham University, UK, are behind a potential solution for the problem – and it really does read as if it has come straight out of a sci-fi classic.
Experts suggest that the bizarre void may exist as a result of a parallel universe colliding with our own – meaning, it is suggested, that energy may have been forced out of the way and creating a rather odd, blank space. The Cold Spot is approximately three billion light years away from us, and experts at the university are keen to suggest that its existence could well be the last remaining ‘echo’ from such an intergalactic pile-up.
It certainly is an interesting speculation – some have theorized that it may be a simple trick of the light, while others assume its detection to have been a simple mistake – yet, such a place certainly exists, and with scientific theory supporting the idea of multiple universes having potentially come into being at the start of the big bang, Durham University could be onto something – but any chance of us visiting parallel worlds may be a few hundred years away just yet.