…To Scale

 

In space, everything is really, really far away.

And Cody is busy working with the nearest stars. With the sun modeled as the size of a 7mm white pea.

Really, excluding insane colonists, most everyone — even in a high-birthrate, peaceful, productive, cooperative, and tech-loving humanity — is going to go no farther than Jupiter.

And you could build a nice Dyson Sphere, with quintillions of humans living in comfortable, tailored environments, with just the raw mass of Mercury and some hydrocarbons/organic materials shipped in from Neptune & Uranus.

All the Travelling adventures, all the exotic cultures, you could ever want.

In one starsystem.

Travel times are at lightspeed, below the AU.

Assuming we can get to 0.2 c — 20% of lightspeed — in-system via solar lasers etc, then we can make a Sun-to-Pluto journey in one day, three hours and 20 seconds (using a time calculator to get the numbers.)

The Kuiper belt (/ˈkaɪpər, ˈkʊɪ-/),[1] occasionally called the Edgeworth–Kuiper belt, is a circumstellar disc in the outer Solar System, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun. Wikipedia, Kuiper Belt

…and…

The Oort cloud (/ɔːrt, ʊərt/),[1] named after the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort, sometimes called the Öpik–Oort cloud,[2] is a theoretical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals proposed to surround the Sun at distances ranging from 2,000 to 200,000 au (0.03 to 3.2 light-years).[note 1][3] Wikipedia, Oort Cloud

There’s a place for people who really want to be left alone, too.

Again, without even leaving the solar system.

See Issac Arthur’s videos on all these subjects — Dyson Spheres, colonizing Neptune and the Oort Cloud and the Sun (!!) — in his Outward/Upward Bound and Megastructures playlists.


Comment from Cody’s video:

jso so the furthest weve gone is 1.3cm, and we want to go 202km

Yes.

That is exactly correct.

But wouldn’t it be nice if we just learned to properly manage and inhabit and use what we’ve got in-system first, before going Out There? Spending a mere 20,000 years in our local sandbox wouldn’t be a bad move…

(copy/paste from the sci-fi blog)

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