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  1. #1 Spontaneous Wormholes? Planetary Transportation? 
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    Just a few interesting questions:

    1. Can spontaneous wormholes occur? (i.e. a traversable wormhole that spontaneously occurs naturally)

    2. Is it possible for a spontaneous wormhole to occur so close to Planet Earth, that it sucks Earth in, thereby transporting it to another point in the universe? (hopefully, leaving life on Earth unharmed, but beggars can't be choosers )



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    There is no observational evidence for wormholes, but on a theoretical level there are valid solutions to the equations of the theory of general relativity which contain wormholes

    A wormhole, also known as an Einstein-Rosen Bridge is a hypothetical topological feature of spacetime that would be, fundamentally, a "shortcut" through spacetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AHeinrich View Post

    1. Can spontaneous wormholes occur? (i.e. a traversable wormhole that spontaneously occurs naturally)
    The ultimate answer to this question is not known. General Relativity allows for the possibility of "wormholes" to exist, however, that does not necessarily mean that they are physically real.

    2. Is it possible for a spontaneous wormhole to occur so close to Planet Earth, that it sucks Earth in, thereby transporting it to another point in the universe? (hopefully, leaving life on Earth unharmed, but beggars can't be choosers )
    No, that is not possible, not even in principle. Macroscopic wormholes, if they exist, need a very specific set of parameters to form - we would only expect to find them in the immediate vicinity of rapidly spinning black holes, where they would be shielded behind event horizons. They could not spontaneously form in vacuum close to the earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    The ultimate answer to this question is not known. General Relativity allows for the possibility of "wormholes" to exist, however, that does not necessarily mean that they are physically real.
    I don't suppose there's any additional features about "wormholes" hinted in GR suggesting if the supposed traveling through a wormhole being relatively instantaneous or do objects actually spend "some time" traveling through (seeing the inside of a "wormhole"?) one as depicted in some popular science fiction novels. Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo1 View Post
    I don't suppose there's any additional features about "wormholes" hinted in GR suggesting if the supposed traveling through a wormhole being relatively instantaneous or do objects actually spend "some time" traveling through (seeing the inside of a "wormhole"?) one as depicted in some popular science fiction novels. Just curious.
    It would not be instantaneous. Any body traversing an Einstein-Rosen Bridge would measure a finite proper time on its clock.
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