Scientists for years have been vexed by the concept of the ever expanding universe, given the speed and trajectory of several galaxy clusters. If the known universe were explainable simply by a massive explosion that sent galaxies scattering away, the behaviors of several galaxies, which have been charted over the minuscule amount of time would be unexplainable still. Yet scientists are suggesting there may be something else at the edge of the universe pulling, rather than something at the center pushing.
When the word multiverse is used, it is often used in conjunction with the idea that multiple universes could exist outside of our current understanding of space and time. And according to scientists, there is a mysterious force somewhere at the periphery of the known universe, over 2.5 billion light years from Earth where something is pulling us slowly toward it along with all known matter in the universe.
The image conjures up images from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Oddyssey where a mysterious force of an alien intelligence far beyond anything humankind can understand is affecting a simple space-faring expedition made by the simple ingenuity of humanity. Some proponents of intelligent extraterrestrial intelligence suggest this force may have been created by an alien intelligence unlike anything mankind could understand. Others have discounted this theory, saying the structures are likely a natural phenomenon.
With the level of speculation running on this topic, integrity is the first thing endangered. Could we truly fathom a limitless universe that goes on forever? Just because it’s beyond our comprehension does not mean it cannot exist.
What could they be? Some scientists have suggested they may be a construction like a cell membrane serving to divide this universe from another universe, or possibly even allowing others to pull all matter in the universe outward with their massive gravitational pull. Such a membrane leaves more questions than answers. The truth is, what lies at the edge of the universe is beyond our current comprehension. Could it really just end, with nothing more beyond the very edge of matter and energy aside from an obsidian void where the rays of a thousand galaxies has not yet penetrated during the vast amount of time it has been in existence? If you traveled fast enough to outrun light, could you eventually reach a place where no energy existed aside from that which you brought with you? Or is there something else just beyond that inky void that you could one day find? Another universe perhaps?
Or is the entire universe as we know it merely riding in a bubble floating at the edge of a structure so large, and so alien that if we were to see the bigger picture we would be unable to think of it as anything but the very face of what some would call a god? These mysteries are impossible for us, at our current level of understanding to solve, but there will never be a shortage of theories.