The universe “should not exist” say scientists who are unable to understand how the cosmos did not destroy itself in the beginning.
In the origin of the universe, equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have collided, annihilating each other, but mysterious that did not happen.
This has lead scientists to conclude “the universe we live in should not exist.”
According to the standard model of physics, say, experts, the cosmos should have destroyed itself when it was formed.
This is because our universe was created with equal amounts of matter and antimatter, which should have collided and instantly annihilated each other.
But somehow, this never happened, leaving scientists awestruck.
Some researchers who have spent years looking for a difference between antimatter and matter, that explains why they didn’t cancel each other out when the cosmos was created.
The last possibility researched by scientists was that matter and antimatter could have a different magnetism.
But new research reveals that they are identical, which deepens the mystery of why the universe still exists.
Antimatter is just like the mirror of ordinary matter. Ordinary atoms are made up of positively charged nuclei orbited by negatively charged electrons.
However, their antimatter counterparts are the other way around. They have positive nuclei and positively charged electrons, known as positrons.
When matter and antimatter meet, they instantly obliterate each other, discharging a burst of detectable energy.
It is believed that the Big Bang produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter, and should have destroyed all matter.
But paradoxically, today, the universe is composed mainly of ordinary matter with almost no traces of antimatter.
Over the years, a variety of possibilities have been sought to explain the mystery.
This includes observing the differences in charge and mass between antimatter and matter.
Now, a new super-accurate measurement performed by scientists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) investigated whether the magnetism of matter and antimatter is different.
To the surprise of many, tests showed that they have identical magnetic properties, which has led some scientists to wonder why the universe still exists.
“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the Universe should not actually exist,” says one of the researchers, Christian Smorra.
“An asymmetry must exist here somewhere, but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?”
There has to be some reason why we’re all here living and breathing. Either that or we all exist in a massive computer simulation, concludes New Scientist.