There’s a brand new study that highlights a method for detecting a speculative phenomenon that you’re probably familiar with – a wormhole.
As you already know by now, wormholes have been features in sci-fi books and movies since we were kids. Just to refresh your memory, a wormhole is a passage between two separate regions of spacetime.
Phys.org writes that such pathways could connect one area of the universe to a different time and/or place within the same universe or to a different one.
How to detect wormholes
Wormholes’ existence is a subject that’s up for debate. There’s a new paper that’s been published on October 10 in Physical Review D in which experts are describing a technique that can be used to detect these bridges.
The website that we mentioned above writes that this method is focused on spotting a wormhole that’s around Saggitarius A* – this is an object that is believed to be a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
Of course, there’s no evidence that a wormhole exists there but this is reportedly a great place to be looking for one because wormholes are expected to need extreme gravitational conditions such as the ones present at supermassive black holes just like the one we mentioned.
Experts write in the study that if a wormhole exists at Saggitariius A* then nearby stars would be definitely under the influence of the stars’ gravity – the stars that are at the other side of the passage.
As a result, it’s been reported that it would be possible to detect the presence of a wormhole by searching for small deviations in the orbit of stars near the Sagittarius A*.
“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,” according to Dejan Stojkovic, Ph.D., cosmologist and professor of physics.
He continued and explained, “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.”