Humans have long been obsessed with the possibility of alternate universes, and a way to instantaneously travel between this one and the next.
This concept was popularized by the science-fiction TV show Stargate, and as recently as 2015, NASA admitted to having spent at least a decade researching access points to places outside our world, our universe, even beyond space and time as we know it.
The term Stargate means just that:
an otherworldly door or portal to outside realms, hidden within Earth's and space's magnetic fields, waiting to transport the enlightened traveler to a place beyond current time limitations.
While space seems to be the most likely location for these doorways to other universes, many places on planet Earth have also been attributed with special transportive capabilities, as well as noticeable shifts in energy, different frequencies, and unexplained lights or sounds.
But little to no scientific evidence has supported the theory of 'wormholes' in outer space, much less within the Earth's atmosphere, until NASA's Jack Scudder found a way to identify the elusive doorways floating between the Earth and the Sun.
Suspected Stargate Location in Space
Similar to an Einstein-Rosen bridge, or 'worm-hole', the theory of formation of a space portal is that one occurs when space-time is distorted, either by the intense gravitational fields created by the collapse of a star, or by the mingling magnetic forces of the Earth and Sun crossing in space, enhanced by violent solar winds.
Some of these portals are gaping holes for significantly sustained periods of time, while most are short-lived, yawning wide and re-closing several times in a day.
But Stargates can be difficult to find.
Their reliable instability, elusiveness, and tendency to be tricky to spot can mean it will take years to locate one.
There are no signs leading down this road, let alone pointing to it.
Scudder called these newly-discovered road signs X-Points, where the intersecting magnetic fields flowing between the Earth and the Sun propel vast amounts of charged particles out of the portal, easy to spot with the correct instruments and the right data.
Once Scudder was able to recognize the indications of a portal, he was able to find similar patterns occurring all over the place in the Earth's atmosphere.
Observed by NASA's THEMIS spacecraft, they surround the Earth at a distance from 10,000 to 30,000 miles away.
Most of them seem to be located where the Sun and the Earth's magnetic fields connect to form an unobstructed path, causing the area to pulse with charged particles that also create the Northern Lights and geomagnetic storms we sometimes witness here on Earth.
While not entirely certain what exactly these portals are, Scudder and his team remain optimistic that the answer is not beyond reach.
Stargates are a fascinating overlap of science-fiction and reality, and there are some who claim that we have access to portals here on Earth.
Some locations are thought to be compass points on a map designed by sacred geometry and posses the ability to transport us to parallel universes.
Among the earthly stargate sites, the most noted are the Stonehenge formation and the Bermuda Triangle, but several other locations are also attributed with being ancient alien portals.