You may have heard stories circulating about the discovery of a parallel universe where time flows backwards after the occurrence of the Big Bang. While this has been proven to be nothing but hogwash, it is still interesting to know that one day, scientists may be able to prove that timelines such as this one exist.
The original article was posted by New Scientist, and detailed anomalous results from a neutrino detection experiment conducted in Antartica.
As reported by Science Alert, these neutrinos were also detected by the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) experiment. This is a high-altitude helium balloon with an array of radio antennas that is used during the experiment. The neutrinos are highly difficult to detect as they do not interact with matter as we know it.
They can, however, interact with normal matter when they are produced by very explosive objects in the Universe. The ANITA was made to detect secondary showers of particles, which are created as neutrinos crash into matter as they move through the cosmos. What scientists found in Antarctica was not secondary showers but neutrinos themselves, which took them by surprise.
“We have encountered a small number of anomalies in our data, and once we have exhausted all of the possible explanations within the Standard Model of physics, only then is it time to consider other ideas that push those boundaries – we are really not there yet, certainly not at the point where parallel universes are necessary!” said Peter Gorham, principal investigator of ANITA to Science Alert.
The story was sensationalised while scientists work to figure out how exactly this happened. We do, however, think it would be interesting if it could be proven that such a parallel universe exists.