Two new telescopes may be able to tell us if there are wormholes within our own galaxy.
The Event Horizon Telescope and the GRAVITY telescope, both located in Chile, will allow us to observe our galaxy with greater clarity than ever before.
The Event Horizon Telescope combines multiple radio telescopes around the globe, synchronised by a very precise atomic clock, which would collectively result in an enormous, earth-sized telescope.
Using this telescope, we could look at black holes within the Milky Way and find out what happens when matter comes into contact with an event horizon – the boundary surrounding a black hole from which nothing can escape.
Discovering whether matter is vaporised or spaghettified (yes, that is the technical term) would help to unify Einstein’s theories of planetary motion and sub-atomic quantum mechanics.
The GRAVITY telescope however, will serve a different purpose: it will examine our own black hole – Sagittarius ‘A’ – and look for energy signatures created by orbiting plasma which could prove that it isn’t a black hole in our galaxy, but a wormhole.
As any sci-fi nerd will tell you, wormholes are entirely hypothetical, but would in theory act as a shortcut through spacetime (you know that bridge in Thor that they all use to get to Earth? That’s a wormhole.)
It may well not be a wormhole in the Milky Way, but even if it were, using it as a tunnel through spacetime would be incredibly complex and difficult.
Nevertheless, it’s a very exciting time for science.
21 May 2014 | 9:09 am – Source: metro.co.uk