The concept of a parallel universe is well-trodden territory in science fiction (See: The CW’s Flash for a recent example), but scientists might’ve just spotted some legitimate proof of the multiverse — and it looks like it’s leaking into ours.
As Inverse reports, the Planck telescope has been mapping the cosmic microwave background (CMB) leftover from the early days of the universe. Turns out, it might’ve found something of cosmic importance. Caltech cosmologist Ranga-Ram Chary compared the CMB map with a shot of the night sky captured by the Planck telescope. The effort spotted a patch of light 4,500 times brighter than it should be.
His paper posits it could be proof of another universe literally “bumping” into our own, as this collision would look very different than anything we’ve seen before. Something 4,500 times brighter in CMB than it should be? Yeah, that seems to fit the bill. If true, it would mean this universe bumped into ours just a few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang. It’s also possible that insane brightness could be bleeding over from a universe packed with electrons and protons, which could account for some of the energy.
Of course, a caveat: This is just one theory to explain the findings, and it’s obviously on the long shot side of the spectrum. But, the discovery is fascinating regardless — and the multiverse explanation makes as much (if not more) sense than any other theory out there. Don't start assembling your team of Sliders just yet, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Just to be safe, someone better call The Illuminati — we could have an incursion on our hands from the Ultimate Universe (Sorry, Marvel Comics joke, there -Ed). Or, you know, maybe it’s just Jay Garrick trying to bust through from Earth-2 for a quick visit.