A new and somewhat radical theory has been proposed by an international group of researchers, in that the center of the Milky Way galaxy might turn out to be a giant wormhole, with the mouth of the wormhole possibly spanning the breadth of the entire galaxy.

Their idea came about while investigating maps of the distribution of dark matter in the Milky Way, combined with the equations for General Relativity theory. Dark matter is a hypothetical type of matter that would make up 27 percent of the known universe, but can only be detected through its effect on observable matter and energy. Mainstream science is currently looking for a theoretical elementary particle called a neutralino to explain the dark matter effect, although the particle itself remains unverified. But study co-author and dark matter expert Paolo Salucci, of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, thinks that science needs to look at alternative theories, such as the idea of wormholes being involved.

“If we combine the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the universe and we hypothesize the existence of space-time tunnels, what we get is that our galaxy could really contain one of these tunnels, and that the tunnel could even be the size of the galaxy itself. But there’s more,” Salucci explains. “We could even travel through this tunnel, since, based on our calculations, it could be navigable. Just like the one we’ve all seen in the recent film ‘Interstellar’.”

Salucci goes on to conclude that the reality that might be discovered about dark matter might very well be stranger than we might expect: “Dark matter may be ‘another dimension,’ perhaps even a major galactic transport system. In any case, we really need to start asking ourselves what it is.”