Science fiction has often portrayed portals that connected to people to hidden worlds such as Wizard of oz and Alice in Wonderland and many more. In the Tv Show “Sliders” the heroes opened up portals and went into parallel worlds while in the movie “Stargate”, the heroes went into distant galaxies through these portals. It turns out that Nasa has found out that such portals actually exist and are now studying them.
Thanks to the work of a university of Iowa professor, Nasa is beginning to study these hidden portals. Jack Scudder said “We call them X-points or electron diffusion regions. They’re places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.”
Nasa has been studying them since 2014 with what is called Magnetospheric Multiscale Missions. Jack Scudder said “In the late 1990s, NASA’s Polar spacecraft spent years in Earth’s magnetosphere and it encountered many X-points during its mission.” Jack said “Using Polar data, we have found five simple combinations of magnetic field and energetic particle measurements that tell us when we’ve come across an X-point or an electron diffusion region. A single spacecraft, properly instrumented, can make these measurements.”
Hidden portals may have been the subject of science fiction and fantasy but now are quickly becoming the subject of scientific discovery. Perhaps we will be able to go to distant worlds or to parallel earths by accessing them.