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On Galactic Migration

22 Jun 2018, 16:28 UTC
On Galactic Migration NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Blakeslee (NRC Herzberg Astrophysics Program, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and H. Ford (JHU)

Yesterday I looked at the prospect of using technology to move entire stars, spurred on by Avi Loeb’s recent paper “Securing Fuel for Our Frigid Cosmic Future.” As Loeb recounts, he had written several papers on the accelerated expansion of the universe, known to be happening since 1998, and the resultant ‘gloomy cosmic isolation’ that it portends for the far future. It was Freeman Dyson who came up with the idea that a future civilization might move widely spaced stars, concentrating them into a small enough volume that they would remain bound by their own gravity. This escape from cosmic expansion has recently been explored by Dan Hooper, who likewise considers moving stellar populations.

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