Wormholes at the center of some stars?

As much as science fiction loves the idea of macroscopic sized wormhole as a sort of deus de machina to all interstellar or intergalactic travel, most of physicists dismiss the idea because the equations governing the wormhole’s behavior are strongly unstable over time. They might exist, but if they do, they probably only exist for a fleeting moment.

But today there’s a news report that a couple of astrophysicists propose a stable solution for a wormhole that instead of being a link between two regimes of empty space-time would be packed full of stellar matter and would like two stars together. Apparently such a solution is stable in time.

“They begin by imagining an ordinary star or a neutron star with a wormhole at its heart. ‘For a distant observer, such a star would very much look like an ordinary star,’ they say.

However, there would be some important differences. For a start, this star would have to have a twin at the other end of the wormhole. These stars would be like Siamese twins, joined at the hip by the most bizarre of connections.

These twins would also pulse in an unusual way. That’s because the exotic matter in the wormhole would be able to flow back and forth, like liquid in a u-tube, setting up a kind of resonance that makes the stars oscillate.

That could lead to the release of energy in all kinds of ways, creating ultra high energy cosmic rays, for example.

It also means there ought to be a way of distinguishing these Siamese twins from other stars. That’s harder than it sounds, however.”

More here.

Well. That’s sort of wacky. Lovely image though. I remember a few years ago reading of botanical research that reports to show that trees in a forest are not individuals but are part of complicated, constantly communicating sort of hive entity. Changes or dangers to one tree are communicated to the others so that the whole grove can respond.

I guess, poetically speaking, a web of connected stars in the galaxy would be similar.

I’ll leave it to the reader to reflect on the obvious theological connections with St. Paul’s language of the “body” – or even trinitarian language.

Author: Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...