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Dec 30, 2019

Physicist Proposes Radical New ‘Stellar Engine’ That Could Move Our Entire Solar System

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The stellar engine – a gigantic contraption built with the purpose of transporting our Solar System somewhere else, if we ever need to move to a different cosmic neighbourhood. Now, new research has put forward another idea for what such a radical stellar engine might look like. Via this beautiful video from Kurzgesagt, Caplan Thruster, would use the Sun’s own energy to propel it across the galaxy and beyond.


As far as hypothetical space megastructures go, the stellar engine is one of our favourites – a gigantic contraption built with the purpose of transporting our Solar System somewhere else, if we ever need to move to a different cosmic neighbourhood.

Now, new research has put forward another idea for what such a radical stellar engine might look like.

Via this beautiful video from Kurzgesagt, you can learn all about the so-called Caplan Thruster, which would use the Sun’s own energy to propel it across the galaxy and beyond. It’s named after the scientist who came up with the design, astrophysicist Matthew Caplan from Illinois State University.

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