Science | May 20, 2017 5:00 am

Astronomers Say They’ve Found Evidence of a Parallel Universe

An unexplained 'cold spot' in space has led scientists to suspect its a collision between two universes.

Have scientists found a parallel universe? (Getty Images)
Have scientists found a parallel universe? (Getty Images)

Long dismissed as science fiction, scientists believe they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe.

A usually frigid patch in space has astronomers baffled. Found in radiation generated from the creation of the Universe 13 billion years ago, scientists think the so-called “cold spot” wasn’t made during that event. Given its temperature, the leading theory describing the Universe’s origin, called Inflation, wouldn’t account for the “cold spot.”

Scientists from the Royal Astronomical Society published a new study suggesting the “cold spot” is the area where our universe and another have collided.

The “cold spot” was first discovered by NASA’s WIMP satellite in 2004 and confirmed by an ESA satellite in 2013. Since then, numerous theories about its origins have been ruled out and this recent study claims to debunk the potential of an optical illusion.

Astronomers, however, don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that the “cold patch” is another universe. While much further examination is needed, a variety of exotic possibilities could explain it. “Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe,” Professor Tom Shanks of Durham University, said.