Is there a parallel universe the place time runs backwards? That’s what many information stories appear to be suggesting, attributing the “discovering” to NASA scientists. Whereas this has actually made an entire lot of individuals excited however in actuality, that is removed from the reality. In truth, scientists have simply discovered proof of high-energy particles that defy our present understanding of physics and a parallel universe has been prompt solely as one of many doable theories to elucidate them, with none strong proof within the favour.
It began after a report by New Scientist about an experiment by astrophysicists got here out. Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) is a telescope that includes of radio antennas hooked up to a large balloon that hovered over Antarctica at a really excessive altitude of round 37kms. It’s run by a multi-university consortium led by Peter Gorham of the College of Hawaii-Manoa. ANITA was despatched so excessive in order that it was capable of detect matter just like the high-energy particles known as “neutrinos” from the area, in accordance with CNET. The telescope can spot these neutrinos coming from the area and hitting the ice sheet in Antarctica. ANITA detected these particles, however as an alternative of coming from the area, the neutrinos have been discovered to be coming from the Earth’s floor with none supply. These detections occurred in 2016, then once more in 2018, however there was no credible clarification.
No readability on the anomaly
“After 4 years there was no passable clarification of the anomalous occasions seen by ANITA so that is very irritating, particularly to these concerned,” CNET stated quoting Ron Ekers, an honorary fellow at Australia’s Nationwide Science Company. The current stories claiming that there’s proof of a parallel universe seem like primarily based on ANITA findings which might be no less than a few years outdated.
One other neutrino observatory in Antarctica known as IceCube that’s run by the College of Wisconsin–Madison performed an investigation on the ANITA findings and it printed a paper in The Astrophysical Journal. The researchers stated in January that “different explanations for the anomalous alerts – probably involving unique physics – should be thought-about” as a result of the usual mannequin of physics can’t clarify these occasions.
“‘Unique physics’ could be the place this principle of a parallel universe suits into the dialog. It is simply one in every of a number of theories outdoors of our present understanding of physics that has been floated as a possible trigger for this,” reported WUSA9.
What are the chances?
IceCube researchers additionally stated that foremost hypotheses on the unusual detections embrace an astrophysical clarification (like an intense neutrino supply), a scientific error (like not accounting for one thing within the detector), or physics past the Customary Mannequin.
“Our evaluation dominated out the one remaining Customary Mannequin astrophysical clarification of the anomalous ANITA occasions. So now, if these occasions are actual and never simply as a consequence of oddities within the detector, then they could possibly be pointing to physics past the Customary Mannequin,” stated Alex Pizzuto, one of many leads on the paper printed in The Astrophysical Journal.
Which means that there are two prospects—one in every of which might simply be an error. Errors are part of scientific experiments when researchers attempt laborious to search out one thing new.
Going by what the scientists have truly stated, it is clear that these are thrilling instances for the astrophysicists looking for a proof and future experiments with extra “publicity and sensitivity” shall be required to get a transparent understanding of the anomaly. Nevertheless, folks wishing for a parallel universe must wait as a result of the proof is missing and the scientists are usually not able to name it a discovery.