The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Relics” featured the theoretical structure known as a Dyson Sphere, a huge shell that encompassed an entire star to capture its energy to be used by the inhabitants of the sphere. The design seen in the episode is actually known as a Dyson Shell, but used the more popular term of sphere.
Originally described by Freeman Dyson, such a “sphere” would be a system of orbiting solar-power satellites meant to completely encompass a star and capture most or all of its energy output. Dyson speculated that such structures would be the logical consequence of the long-term survival and escalating energy needs of a technological civilization, and proposed that searching for evidence of the existence of such structures might lead to the detection of advanced intelligent extraterrestrial life.
Since then, other variant designs involving building an artificial structure or series of structures to encompass…
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