Historically, the quest to find alien life by organizations such as Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has involved painstakingly combing through radio signals. But a group of Penn State astronomers have another method. These astronomers have begun an extensive two-year search for Dyson Spheres, massive alien solar power stations.
Not just a figment of science fiction writers, Dyson Spheres were first theorized by physicist Freeman Dyson in the 1950s. According to Dyson’s theory, the interior of a immense spherical structure formed around a star could absorb the entire energy output of that star.
Dyson went so far as to speculate that these structures would allow long term survival of a technological civilization and proposed that determining the existence of these structures might lead to the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
Jason Wright, the leader of the Penn State team, said researchers have determined that a solid shell Dyson sphere is not mechanically feasible. So, this has led the astronomers to the theory that they should look, instead, for Dyson Swarms. These swarms would be a collection Dyson rings that completely circle the star from all directions, thereby creating a sphere.
If the theory holds true and the search is successful, Penn State astronomers may demonstrate to the world that aliens do exist – and they can teach us a thing or two about solar technology.