How to Move the Sun: Stellar Engines


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How to Move the Sun: Stellar Engines



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Nothing in the Universe is static. In the milky way, billions of stars orbit the galactic center.
Some, like our sun, are pretty consistent, keeping a distance of around 30,000 light years from the galactic center, completing an orbit every 230 million years.

This dance is not an orderly ballet – more like a skating rink filled with drunk toddlers. This chaos makes the galaxy dangerous. Our solar neighbourhood is constantly changing, with stars moving hundreds of kilometers every second.

Only the vast distances between objects protect us from the dangers out there. But we might get unlucky in the future. At some point we could encounter a star going supernova. Or a massive object passing by and showering earth with asteroids.

If something like this were to happen we would likely know thousands, if not millions of years in advance. But we still couldn’t do much about it.

Unless… we move our whole solar system out of the way.

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  1. what we need is to conquer aging and death. If we are immortal, or at least even if the most powerful of us are immortal, we, as a species, will have the luxury to turn our attention to our fate thousands or even millions of years into the future.

  2. I really really love this and everything you guys do on your channel. My favorite thing Is that you always have sources and everything is researched correctly, which is one thing most other channels don't do properly. Thank you for everything and teaching me and all the other viewers so much about The World and The Universe. Big love from Germany ❤️

  3. So then, does this mean that no passing star could ever eject the earth out of the inner solar system?

    We could just move the sun out of the way which would then pull the earth and everything else in the solar system along with it…

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