Do you believe in parallel universes? Many people, as well as experts, do, even though there's little real evidence to point towards it being a reality. We're still scratching our heads about things in our own universe, so looking into another one seems far-fetched.
However, a recent report by NASA scientists working on a project in Antarctica shows that a parallel universe may exist, and that time runs backwards there. It's enough to make a sci-fi movie out of!
But, science and time have proven over and over that you shouldn't believe absolutely everything you read and see until it's been completely proven right.
Not a new concept
The idea of a parallel universe has been around since the 1960s, but in 2020, a cosmic ray detection experiment led by NASA scientists has discovered particles that could belong to a parallel universe, as per the Daily Star.
The NASA team used a massive balloon to carry the space agency's Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) high above Antarctica, where the low noise pollution combined with the dry frigid air create the ideal environment to catch and hear other-worldly moments.
ANITA found particles, called tau neutrinos, coming back "up" from Earth, which implies that these particles have traveled back in time as they typically only come "down" to Earth. The evidence suggests there is a parallel universe out there that's running backwards to ours.
Principal ANITA investigator, and lead author of the Cornell University paper disclosing this parallel universe, Peter Gorham, explained to New Scientist that he and his fellow researchers had seen a number of these types of phenomena. Regardless, some of the scientists were skeptical of them, "Not everyone was comfortable with the hypothesis," he said.
With all that said, a comprehensive report by Forbes delves into the nitty-gritty of science hypotheses and theories explaining how we must take them essentially with a pinch of salt until they're absolutely proven right. Even when you read a positive signal from an experiment you still shouldn't just take it at face value.
As per the Forbes report, science is a slow progression and every experiment needs to be taken one at a time, and only once the full suite of evidence is given can an evaluation on the matter be carried out. As the author of the piece perfectly put it "Mirror matter and even a mirror universe might be real, but if you want to make that extraordinary claim, you'd better make sure your evidence is equally extraordinary."