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Hear that? It's the sound of thousands of teen girls getting, like, really into theoretical physics. While giving a lecture at the Sydney Opera House (via hologram; the guy is based at Cambridge and does not mess around), Stephen Hawking launched into a discussion about space exploration, his own medical condition and, of course, One Direction?

During the Q&A portion of the evening, an audience member stood up and asked, "What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?"

Hawking answered the silly query gleefully:

"Finally, a question about something important! My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics, because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe and in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction."

Trust in science, ladies and gentlemen! After you chew that one over, take our 5 Seconds of Summer or One Direction lyric quiz, peep 1D tour pictures and click through our list of bizarre merch items available on Etsy.