Space travel BOMBSHELL: Professor Brian Cox reveals wormholes are 'safe for spaceships'

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Space travel: The technology and theory is not here to create these wormhole shortcuts just yet (Image: GETTY)

Travelling through the vast expanse of the galaxy and the space beyond it is limited by modern technology and the short lifespan of human life. Scientists are now looking at alternative ways astronauts can explore the galaxy, without relying on traditional rocket engines. One proposed theory is spaceships could jump through black holes or wormholes connecting two points in time and space.

Brian Cox, a renowned TV physicist and professor at the University of Manchester, has now sparked hope wormhole travel could become a reality.

The particle physicist appeared on the Joe Rogan Podcast where he discussed all manner of scientific theories, from microbial alien life on Mars to the Big Bang and background cosmic radiation.

But among his bigger revelations was the idea wormhole travel could be absolutely harmless to spaceships and the astronauts onboard.

Professor Cox said: “So you fly from Australia to LA and you have to go quite a long way around this edge of the Earth or you could tunnel straight through and get there quicker. That’s a wormhole.

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“So you can go all around the edge or you cool take the shortcut.

“So you can do that in Einstein’s theory – you can write down that geometry and there it is.”

There are, however, some big caveats to the theory. Namely, how do scientists create these wormholes in the first place?

Creating the wormhole in the most basic of terms would be the equivalent of drawing a dot on opposing ends of a sheet of paper, folding the sheet so the dots overlap, and punching a hole straight through them.

This, in theory, would bridge two very distant locations by warping the time and space around them to create a shortcut.





“If they exist you’d just go through and sit in a little spaceship.” Professor Brian Cox.

According to Professor Cox, there is no current technology capable of creating a tear in time and space like this.

But should the technology arise one day, the act of flying through such a wormhole could be absolutely harmless to the astronauts undertaking the journey.

The physicist said: “With wormholes, you can write the geometry down in Einstein’s theory such that you can go through, so you don’t have to get destroyed or anything weird happen to you.

“You just literally fall through. I mean, if they exist you’d just go through and sit in a little spaceship.

“There is nothing inherently in them that says you would be ripped apart.”

But this, of course, rests on the theoretical assumption wormholes would not “destabilize” you into oblivion in the same way a back hole singularity would.

The problem is, the intense gravitational forces in effect, would destroy any piece of information falling into them.

 Space travel: Professor Brian Cox

Space travel: The physicist said spaceships would be theoretically safe (Image: JOE ROGAN YOTUTUBE)

Hapless astronauts caught in the pull of a black hole would be “spaghettified” as the gravity infinitely stretched them out.

What seems to happen at the moment, is wormholes become unstable the moment something attempts to pass through.

Professor Cox said this would create a feedback loop of “stuff going through and through and through” until it collapses.

But should they prove to occur naturally and be safe to travel through, the possibilities would be endless, including the potential for time travel.

 Space travel: Professor Brian Cox

Space travel: Professor Brian Cox said there is a possibility of travelling through wormholes (Image: GETTY)

Right now, however, the best answer is physicists “don’t fully know”.

Professor Cox said: “Ultimately the reason we don’t really know absolutely is because you need what’s called a quantum theory of gravity and we don’t have one.

“So we don’t have the theoretical tools to be sure these things would be unstable or don’t exist in nature. We strongly suspect.

“If they did, we could build a time machine.”

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