Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 4

Relics

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Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1992 on CBS

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    • There are many problems with the statistics and depictions of the Dyson sphere. We can see curvature as the Enterprise approaches the sphere. Given the theoretical size of a Dyson sphere (roughly the size of Earth's orbit around the sun), any curvature of the sphere while the Enterprise was that close would be imperceptible. The Dyson sphere's diameter is given as 200 million kilometers, which is said to be roughly the same as Earth's orbit. The diameter of Earth's orbit is closer to 300 million kilometers. The lower figure converts to roughly 124 million mi, which is less than the diameter of the orbit of Venus. The star inside the sphere is said to be type G, similar to our sun. At the given size of the sphere, trapping the total energy output of a star of that type would render the interior uninhabitable without some way to re-radiate most of that energy to space. Data's estimate of the interior surface space as 10 to the 16th square kilometers underestimates the total area by 31%. Data should not have been that far off. The stats (figures are rounded): Sphere diameter: 200,000,000 km (124,274,238 mi). Earth's orbit: 299,000,000 km (186,000,000 mi). Sphere's internal surface area: 16,173,009,397,494,795 sq km. Internal surface as reported by Data: 10,000,000,000,000,000 sq km. Earth surface area: 148,393,355 sq km. Ratio of sphere area to Earth area: 108,987,423 to 1.

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