The Black Hole at the center of our Galaxy may be home to a cosmic wormhole connecting distant parts of the universe together.
Science fiction writers see wormholes as massive gateways that lead towards distant galaxies if not even entirely different universes. Linking distant paces together, wormholes are usually depicted as shortcuts in the universe.
Now, experts have revealed that, although the odds are slim, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way may actually be a wormhole. As explained by Pop Sci, a team of astrophysicists argues that the black hole at the center of our galaxy–dubbed Sagittarius A*–may be a wormhole, and they even got evidence to back the claims up.
Although science fiction has made wormholes famous, the idea of wormholes actually existing has long been proposed. In fact, this theory was even supported by the great Albert Einstein, and the original name for a wormhole was an Einstein-Rosen bridge. That’s why we see wormholes as shortcuts that link two distant places.
You can imagine wormholes just as bridges in fact. Imagine having a massive river between you and your destination. Instead of going around and trying to find a way to reach the other side, a wormhole is like a bride that saves time and gets you from a to b.
According to the American Physical Society, a wormhole could connect extremely long distances such as a billion light-years or more, short distances such as a few meters, different universes, or different points in time.
Scientists from the University of Buffalo argue that there are good odds that the black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be an actual bridge across spacetime. To back their theory up, the researchers say that their calculations have shown that objects on one side of the wormhole should be influenced by the gravitational effects of large masses form the other sides.
There aren’t any particular reasons why we should even think that Sagittarius A* has a wormhole, but researchers say that the extreme gravitational conditions of the supermassive black hole may actually be a good spot to find one. It comes down to math and gravity. Einstein explained that these bridges across space and time were mathematically predicted by his theory of general relativity.
“If you have two stars, one on each side of the wormhole, the star on our side should feel the gravitational influence of the star that’s on the other side. The gravitational flux will go through the wormhole,” explained Dejan Stojkovic, cosmologist and professor of physics at the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.
“So if you map the expected orbit of a star around Sagittarius A*, you should see deviations from that orbit if there is a wormhole there with a star on the other side.”
But even if such a wormhole were to exist at the center of the Milky Way, scientists say that it would be nearly impossible to travel through it, finding yourself in an entirely new part of the universe.
The team of researchers behind this new study says that we would need some kind of “magic” to make the wormhole work. But let us not forget that “magic” was a word used to explain technology in the not-so-distant past.
“Even if a wormhole is traversable, people and spaceships most likely aren’t going to be passing through,” explained Dr. Stojkovic.
“Realistically, you would need a source of negative energy to keep the wormhole open, and we don’t know how to do that. To create a huge wormhole that’s stable, you need some magic.”