A seriously strange new theory says that stars may be connected through a system of stellar wormholes, linking distant pairs of stars thanks to an exotic material known only as phantom matter. Oh yes, this is going to get weird.
The idea comes from a team of physicists in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The basic theory is simple enough. Phantom matter is the mysterious substance invoked in certain explanations for the accelerating expansion of the universe, which more commonly comes under the heading of dark energy. Wormholes are theoretical features of spacetime that basically act as shortcuts between distant points in the cosmos, although there's still no evidence that they actually exist.