NASA scientists have found evidence of a parallel universe, where all the rules of physics seem to be operating in reverse.
A cosmic-ray detection experiment in the Antarctic has found particles that could be from outside our universe.
Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. What they do know is that it’s a high-energy particle that’s blasted its way through space, into the Earth, and back out again.
The problem is, the particles that make up what scientists call the Standard Model of particle physics shouldn’t be able to do that. Sure, there are low-energy neutrinos that can pierce through miles of rock unaffected. But high-energy neutrinos, as well as other high-energy particles almost always crash into something soon after hitting the Earth and never make it out the other side.
Since March 2016, researchers have been puzzling over two events in Antarctica where cosmic rays did burst out from the Earth. They were detected by NASA’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA)—a balloon-borne antenna drifting over the southern continent.
There is a constant “wind” of high-energy particles coming from outer space. But ANITA has detected particles coming up from the Earth.
This implies that they are traveling back in time.
This mindboggling phenomenon was described in a Cornell University paper. Its lead author is Peter Gorham, an experimental particle physicist at the University of Hawaii and principal investigator at ANITA.
Gorham suggests that the only way it could happen is if the neutrino changed into a different type of particle before passing through the Earth and then back again. The odds of this are so small that it is virtually guaranteed to not happen twice.
Yet ANITA has detected several of these events.
Thus the simplest explanation is that at the moment of the Big Bang two universes were formed. One is ours, and the other one is a “mirror” universe. From our perspective, it’s running in reverse.
Of course, this is just speculation at this point. But NASA scientists are increasingly leaning toward the seemingly sci-fi hypothesis.
“It was clear from the start that if the ANITA anomalous events are due to particles that had propagated through thousands of kilometers of Earth, then those particles were very likely not SM particles,” said Mauricio Bustamante, an astrophysicist at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
This could lead to a revolution in physics and our understanding of the cosmos.