Dec 042011

Would you like to move your star to a more scenic region of the galaxy? or perhaps take a long leasurely galactic cruise. How about using something staggeringly simple, such as the Shkadov Thruster(named after Dr. Leonid Mikhailovich Shkadov who first proposed it back in 1987), A statite aimed at using a stars photonic energy as an engine.

Of course, you would have to be in not much of a hurry, as accord to the math, it would take a million years to move a star like the sun .03 light years. But, if you are willing to wait a little longer (say a billion years) your star would be moving at a healthy clip of 20km/s and you’d have gotten a solid 34,000 light years! (a third of the way across the galaxy.)

Mind you, given the shape of the statite, you would have to position it over the stars north or south poles, or run the risk of depriving your planet of sunlight for half the year. Although, wouldn’t that be a small price to pay to move out to the more fashionable eastern spiral arm of the galaxy?

image by Steve Bowers


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