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Could intelligent aliens move entire stars ?


Posted on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 | Comment icon 34 comments

Is it really possible to move stars ? Image Credit: NASA
A new theory suggests that an intelligent alien civilization may try to collect and store stars for energy.
According to senior scientist Dan Hooper from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, sufficiently advanced extraterrestrials may take steps to acquire stars in response to the accelerating expansion of the universe which, over a very long period of time, threatens to push all the stars and galaxies so far apart that it will no longer be possible to travel between them.

One option would be to build a structure ( such as a Dyson Sphere ) around a star and harness its energy that way, however this method is only likely to work for so long.

Eventually, all the remaining stars will simply be too far away to be of use.

As such, Hooper argues, an advanced extraterrestrial race could be taking steps even now to collect and store stars as a source of energy while it is still possible for them to do so.

What's more, we may even be able to observe this activity using telescopes here on Earth.

"Given the inevitability of the encroaching horizon, any sufficiently advanced civilization that is determined to maximize its ability to utilize energy will expand throughout the universe, attempting to secure as many stars as possible before they become permanently inaccessible," he wrote.

But how viable is this idea ? For one thing, stars don't last forever - they will eventually die - and moving them around the cosmos is not going to make them last any longer.

What's more, if a civilization is advanced enough to do this, it will almost certainly be able to find a way to generate enough energy to sustain itself without having to rely on harnessing it from stars.

Source: Independent | Comments (34)

Tags: Extraterrestrial

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Trelane on 22 June, 2018, 21:15
The type of intelligence and technology required to accomplish this is beyond my level of understanding. How long, roughly, might it take humans to advance to achieve this? Truly mind boggling (at least to me).
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 22 June, 2018, 22:07
Question: How do stars move now? Answer: Inertia and Gravity effects. All that would be required is engineering on a solar system scale, and lots and lots of time. Which we still have. We could do this with our current science and engineering. All it would take is running the simulations of gravity effects based on where the matter is in the solar system, and then moving the stuff there.  How might we engineer something like Jupiter? So we can take it apart and move it? Ah.... well the same way you engineer the star. Move stuff around the solar system till the stresses on the planet cause it t... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by jmccr8 on 23 June, 2018, 1:24
Suurrre why not, after 10yrs at this forum the aliens, created us made us build mine and pyramids for them, were our gods and taught us to speak English.  We even doodled on the ground for them so they could know what planet they were coming up on just like those signs you see on the highway just out of town. Obviously they liked the warmer climes as the did seem to care enough to teach anyone how to put sealed windows and central heating with  indoor plumbing, but oh no they let us freeze our arses off for hundreds of thousands of years. Sure why not. jmccr8
Comment icon #28 Posted by MyOtherAccount on 23 June, 2018, 17:49
This idea needs to be filed with the Dyson Sphere!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Talion78 on 30 June, 2018, 22:42
I can see it now.....well done chaps, that's another star moved. Champagne all round (clink).....so where's the star? Ah, it took us all the energy the star produced to move the damn thing, and we just used the last of it chilling the champers......(all aliens sitting in the pitch black)
Comment icon #30 Posted by HDesiato on 30 June, 2018, 22:57
Just what I was thinking. Time to rewatch.
Comment icon #31 Posted by The Starman on 2 July, 2018, 7:59
Just another interpretation of Kardashev scale. Micko Kaku already did the same in past, even wrote sci-fi book on this topic and now goes around the world to lecture everyone, about futuristic civilizations.   Science is trying to fantasize about other cosmic civilizations by observing space by conducting research and evaluating the achievements of human history to this day. BUT, we have not yet found another form of life, we do not know whether there is primitive or intellectual in any space of space. Perhaps there is an intellectual life on the other planet, but it can not make rockets for ... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Golden Duck on 2 July, 2018, 9:11
We definitely seen to be lonely. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by The Starman on 2 July, 2018, 9:56
Agree. Our technologies are still primitive to look for another life forms out there in space. But all we can tell in this day it's a matter of time and effort to improve and look for life. We already found many Earth like planets with water. What we understand about astrobiology, there is a high possiblity to primitive life forms, especially in those Earth look alike planets. It's really fascinating when you compare Earth's, Human species and whole universe timeline. Everything is possible, that's why i love science, because it keeps researching and putting puzzle details to make acorrect pic... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by jmccr8 on 2 July, 2018, 15:03
Don't blink twice they could disappear. jmccr8


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