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To: HiTech RedNeck
Total englobement isn't really necessary. A simple band around the star would suffice. Larry Niven introduced the idea in his Ringworld books.


Here is a graphic with more information.
26 posted on 10/05/2012 2:32:10 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: jmcenanly

LOL. Whenever I see such depictions, my first recommendation is to visit some website that shows our solar system TRUE TO SCALE.

Be prepared to scroll a lot. And watch out you don’t miss the flyspeck that is planet earth. All the silly notions expressed in this thread will go right out the door, then. (It might also cause feelings of loneliness and insignificance - don’t worry, that’ll pass.)

The usual condensed models that look so tidy are an extreme disservice to the general public.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 4:59:19 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: jmcenanly

Yah, but you gotta be able to make a lot of scrith.

A single continuous object is not needed. Just a huge number of BIG solar collectors orbiting the star, transmitting the energy to where it is needed via microwave or laser.


34 posted on 10/05/2012 5:18:44 AM PDT by Rifleman
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To: jmcenanly

If one had to replicate such a situation to power Planet Earth, I wonder if the ring of solar cells would need to be wide enough that it would even be visible several light years away?


43 posted on 10/09/2012 3:50:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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