Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Down the Cosmic Rabbit Hole: Voyages to Elsewheres and Elsewhens

While I was growing up in the 1970s a new idea in Astrophysics had just come into vogue. The notion that the very fabric of our universe, the space-time continuum, can be ripped apart and be torn asunder to reveal portals that can take us to other parts of our universe or even other universes separate from our own. We were introduced to various new exotic celestial denizens that occupied this Cosmos along side planets, stars and galaxies the likes of which we had never heard of before – Black Holes, White Holes and Wormholes long before Michio Kaku became a household name.

I still have fond memories of reading books in my early adolescence with such thought provoking and imagination stirring titles as “Black Holes and Warped Spacetime” by William J. Kaufmann, “The Iron Sun: Crossing the Universe Through Black Holes” and “The Next Ten Thousand Years” by Adrian Berry all of which introduced the notion that cosmic portals exist that can take us on far off trips to elsewhere and elsewhens in our cosmos and beyond.

Today the notion of voyaging through such cosmic gateways that can zip you across vast distances in the twinkle of an eye or take you on voyages to parallel universes or on journeys across vast eons of time are the mainstays of twenty first century physics. It is almost as if the Physics of Star Trek has arrived a century earlier than expected.

So join us on Far Future Horizons as prepare to take a trip down the cosmic rabbit hole into the wonderland of twenty-first century physics as we voyage to other universes and take a journey across eons of time.

The Universe - Cosmic Holes

Imagine cosmic portals where objects could disappear, be ejected or escape to some other place in space or time. 

The Universe S02 E02 - Cosmic Holes by kaanozten

The Universe - Parallel Universes

Some of the world's leading physicists believe they have found startling new evidence showing the existence of universes other than our own. One possibility is that the universe is so vast that an exact replica of our solar system, our planet and ourselves exists many times over. These Doppelganger Universes exist within our own Universe; in what scientist now call "The Multiverse." If proof is found it will change our lives, our minds, our planet, our science and our universe.

"You're travelling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone"! ~ Rod Serling

The Universe S03 E02 - Parallel Universes by kaanozten

BBC Horizon: The Time Lords
Horizon investigates the physics of wormholes and the limitations physics places on the possibility of time travel.

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