Multiverse BREAKTHROUGH: Universe is ‘one patch of Space and Time’

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OUR universe could be one of many on a multiversal plane caught in a patch of space and time, according to one theory from a top astronomer.

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees believes there have been three major breakthroughs in the quest for more knowledge of the universe. (Multiverse BREAKTHROUGH: Universe is ‘one patch of space and time’ (Image: GETTY))

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The breakthroughs are scientists' discovery that the Earth was not the center of the universe, there are millions of planets in our galaxy, and there are many galaxies in the observable universe.

Dr Rees believes the next major breakthrough will be realizing there are many universes, and ours is just one particular patch in space and time.

He theorizes there could have been more than one Big Bang which leads to many universes, and ours was simply lucky.

Dr Rees writes in his new book, ‘On The Future: Prospects For Humanity’: “What we’ve traditionally called ‘the universe’ — the aftermath of ‘our’ big bang—may be just one island, just one patch of space and time, in a perhaps infinite archipelago.

“There may have been many big bangs, not just one.

“Each constituent of this ‘multiverse’ could have cooled down differently, maybe ending up governed by different laws.



“Just as Earth is a very special planet among zillions of others, so—on a far grander scale—our big bang could have been a rather special one.”

Dr Rees is not the first to theories of a multiverse and the notion has been gaining traction in recent years.

The multiverse theory dictates our universe is part of a bigger system, surrounded by other universes.

As gravity is almost certain to be a consistent through all dimensions and universes, researchers believe they could use gravitational waves to detect parallel universes.

Gustavo Lucena Gómez at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany, told New Scientist: “If there are extra dimensions in the universe, then gravitational waves can walk along any dimension, even the extra dimensions.”

Experts also believed they had found the first solid evidence of this long-standing theory after finding a cold spot in the deep universe.

The cold spot was first discovered in 2015 and is a 1.8 billion light-year wide area where there are an estimated 10,000 galaxies ‘missing’.

The mysterious area contains 20 percent less matter than it should, according to the Standard Model, which left scientists baffled.

However, astronomers believe they may now have the solution and theories the area could be where one universe is encroaching on another.

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The cold spot in the CMB could indicate bruising from another universe (Image: UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM)

Experts from Durham University said in a paper that as a parallel universe crashed into ours, much of the galaxies and matter were shoved away from the cold spot.

The team adds that if our universe came to be from seemingly nothing and embarked on what looks like an infinite expansion, then others could have too.

Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University's Center for Extragalactic Astronomy said: “One explanation for the Cold Spot is that it might be the remnant signal of the collision of our Universe and one of the trillions of others.

“If further, more detailed, analysis proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse – and billions of other universes may exist like our own.”

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