Wormholes let you travel from one part of the Cosmos to another in an instant. But are they for real?
Created by Tormod Guldvog
Last updated June 30 2004
The concept of wormholes is an important ingredient in science fiction movies and literature. In Star Trek, for example, they travel through wormholes all the time.Wormholes provide a quick and easy way to traverse vast expanses of space without the passage of time - something which, according to traditional physics, should be impossible.
But is it? Ever since scientists realized that there are such things as black holes, they have wondered what would happen if you travel into one.
One theory says that black holes are so dense that they actually rip the fabric of space, effectively connecting sections of space which would normally be too far apart to even communicate.
A wormhole is this idea taken one step further. A wormhole would create a gateway through which objects could actually travel - back and forth - without getting ripped apart like they would in a black hole.
And to make things even more fantastic, wormholes could effectively connect not only different parts of the Universe, but even different Universes!
But for now, wormholes are mostly speculation and theoretical physics. This hypography is a mix of hard science and more speculative fantasies. Make up your own mind, and don't forget to take the poll!