Did NASA find Parallel Universe where time runs Backward? Fact Check

The internet has been abuzz with claims that NASA discovered a parallel universe where time moves in the opposite direction. Several newspapers have carried the story that has topped Google search trends on May 20 and 21, mostly starting from tabloids like the New York PostExpress and the Daily Star—quoting each other—that NASA scientists have evidence that could prove the existence of parallel universes.

See Google graph for the search string Parallel Universe on May 21 for the past 24 hours:

All the news outlets claimed that NASA has discovered this parallel universe and here is a Google search result on such news items:

Fact Check

Based on a news story in New Scientist, which reported that a NASA team operating the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA), is a radio detector mounted on a balloon flying at a height of 37,000 meters to identify air showers caused by the entry of cosmic-rays in the Earth’s atmosphere. Since Antarctica has no radio noise that can distort the readings, ANITA hovers over it.

It discovered a “wind” of high-energy particles travelling upward from within the Earth, rather than downward stream from outer space as physics is known so far. Extrapolating it, a researcher Peter Gorham cited the theory that a parallel universe may exist, and in it time flows in reverse. In fact, the theory of parallel universe is as old as fiction and many Hollywood movies. In popular sitcom ‘Big bang Theory’ Leonard visits Antarctica with Sheldon Cooper to make a “ground-breaking discovery” but fail. No wonder, the claim attributed to NASA has gone viral.

A close scrutiny of what the ANITA project of NASA found in 2006 and in 2014 was the phenomenon of some particles that behave different from what’s known in physics. Or it may even have to do with the ice in Antarctica, where the particles were found. The weird upside down movement of particles could mean that somewhere, time moves backward, hence, the idea of a parallel universe in which both time and physics behave differently has been touted as possible explanation.

But NASA has not discovered this parallel universe as claimed by some headlines. There’s no mention of such claim on NASA website. If NASA really does discover a parallel universe where time moves in the opposite direction, it gives enough official statements and credit to the researchers.

Conclusion: As these claims are not by NASA and the tweaked attribution to possible parallel universe is ??? Misrepresentation.

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at nn@digiteye.in

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