WHILE superheroes are firmly settled in the realm of fiction, one zany trait of the Marvel cinematic universe may actually be turning out to be real.
Scientists have suggested the existence of a spooky “mirror dimension” as seen in the Doctor Strange films.
In the films – starring Benedict Cumberbatch – reality-altering wizards use the symmetrical realm to enhance their superpowers.
Researchers at the University of New Mexico believe a similar alternate universe could interact with our own via gravity.
In a paper published last week, they argued that the theoretical dimension could be causing our world to behave in strange ways.
It was proposed to explain away problems with the Hubble constant – the rate at which the cosmos is expanding.
“This could provide a way to understand why there appears to be a discrepancy between different measurements of the universe’s expansion rate,” the researchers said in a statement of their findings.
Based on a large amount of observations and theoretical work, scientists have come to the conclusion that the universe is expanding.
However, predictions about the rate of this expansion using standard models do not agree with astronomers’ observations.
Put simply, the universe is expanding more slowly than we expect – a dilemma that has puzzled researchers for decades.
In their article, published May 18 in the journal Physical Review Letters, scientists offer a crazy explanation.
They say that an invisible universe, a kind of mirror world that we cannot see but whose particles can interact with our universe, could explain the Hubble problem.
If her outlandish idea proves correct, she could explain why the universe is expanding faster than models predict – without turning our understanding of the cosmos on its head.
Mirror world theories have been around since the ’90s, but they’ve never been proposed as a solution to this problem, scientists said.
“This may seem crazy at face value, but such mirror worlds have a large physics literature,” study co-author Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine said in the statement.
“Our work allows us to link this great body of literature to an important problem in cosmology for the first time.”
The theory is likely to prove controversial among scientists with no further evidence to support its far-fetched claims.
Researchers have previously suggested that the Hubble constant problem can be explained by crude or imprecise measurements of the cosmos.
More precise measurements in the future should eliminate the problem.
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