While superheroes sit firmly within the realm of fiction, one bonkers feature of the Marvel cinematic universe may in actual fact prove to be real.
Scientists have proposed the existence of a ghostly “mirror dimension” just like the one featured within the Doctor Strange movies.
In the films – which star Benedict Cumberbatch – reality-bending wizards use the symmetrical realm to hone their superpowers.
Researchers on the University of Recent Mexico consider that the same alternate universe could also be interacting with our own via gravity.
In a paper published last week, they argued that the theoretical dimension might be causing our world to behave in strange ways.
It’s been pitched as a approach to explain away problems with the Hubble Constant – the speed at which the cosmos expands.
“This might provide a approach to understand why there appears to be a discrepancy between different measurements of the Universe’s expansion rate,” researchers said in an announcement about their findings.
Based on numerous observations and theoretical work, scientists have concluded that the universe is expanding.
Nonetheless, predictions of the speed of that expansion using standard models doesn’t line up with astronomers’ observations.
An invisible universe, a type of mirror world that we cannot see, but whose particles can interact with our universe, could explain the Hubble problem.Industrial Light & Magic
Put simply, the universe is expanding slower than we expect it to – a quandary that has stumped researchers for many years.
Of their paper published May 18 within the journal Physical Review Letters, scientists pose a bonkers explanation.
They are saying that an invisible universe, a type of mirror world that we cannot see, but whose particles can interact with our universe, could explain the Hubble problem.
Scientists have proposed the existence of a ghostly “mirror dimension” just like the one featured within the Doctor Strange movies.Industrial Light & Magic
Should their outlandish idea prove correct, it could explain how the universe is expanding faster than models predict – without upending our understanding of the cosmos.
Mirror world theories have been around because the ’90s but haven’t been suggested as an answer to this problem before, scientists said.
“This might sound crazy at face value, but such mirror worlds have a big physics literature,” study co-author Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine said within the statement.
“Our work allows us to link, for the primary time, this huge literature to a crucial problem in cosmology.”
The speculation is more likely to prove controversial amongst scientists without further evidence to support its far-fetched claims.
Researchers have previously suggested that the Hubble Constant problem might be explained by crude or inaccurate measurements of the cosmos.
More accurate measurements in future are expected to eliminate the issue.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.