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Dyson Sphere Diagram

Diagram of a Dyson Sphere

A Dyson Sphere/Shield World, or "shell" (as it appeared in the original paper by Freeman Dyson), is a hypothetical megastructure that was originally described as a system of orbiting solar-powered satellites meant to completely encompass a star and capture its entire energy output. Dyson speculated that such structures would be the logical consequence of the long-term survival of technological civilizations, and proposed that searching for evidence of the existence of such structures might lead to the detection of advanced intelligent extraterrestrial life.

A three-meter thick Dyson Sphere with an Earth orbit radius would require an estimated 2.12057325 x 1023 cubic meters of material.

Since then, other variant designs involving building an artificial structure — or a series of structures — to encompass a star have been proposed in exploratory engineering or described in science fiction under the name Dyson Sphere. Most fictional depictions of a Dyson Sphere describe a solid shell of matter enclosing a star, which is considered the least plausible variant of the idea.

While it is believed that some of these design variants are impractical, if not physically impossible, some designs do not require any major breakthroughs in our basic scientific understanding for their construction.

In Halo[]

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx[]

Main articles: Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Trevelyan

In the book Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, it is revealed that at the core of Onyx is a Slipspace rift that shunts those that pass through it to a structured Dyson Sphere, dubbed beforehand by the Forerunners as a Shield World Installation. It is separated from a normal space-time symmetry by advanced Forerunner Slipspace technology. Although Dr. Halsey calls it the Micro Dyson Sphere, the Sphere is 300 million kilometers (or approximately two astronomical units [1 AU is 149,598,000 km]) in diameter on the inside. The Micro Dyson Sphere's star has a spectra and energy output slightly smaller than the dimensions of Sol. This was going to be the haven where the Forerunners were to seek refuge when the Halo Array activated, but no one knows what went wrong with their alleged plan, as the expanse appeared to be completely deserted when UNSC forces arrived. In Halo 3, these circumstances were revealed to be the result of the betrayal of the Forerunner AI 032 Mendicant Bias, whose defection to the Flood forced the Forerunners to abandon their plans to evacuate into the shield installations.

Basically, the structure fulfills its function as a "Shield World" perfectly. It protects the occupants of it and gives them a huge "world" to live in. Potentially, an entire new civilization could be constructed in a Dyson Sphere.

After their arrival in the Forerunner-constructed Dyson Sphere, Dr. Halsey explains the structure. She labels it a Micro Dyson Sphere because it is in fact very small, or perceived to be small when viewed from normal space. Linda also describes it as being in the bottom of a large bowl.

The Micro Dyson sphere is located in a factually compressed Slipstream space. In other terms, any object inside might appear to be a certain size, but inside the Slipstream bubble it is much, much larger. Consequently, they never left Trevelyan, but simply entered a Slipspace bubble.[1][2]

Halo Wars[]

Main article: Shield 0459

Diagram of the Shield World in Halo Wars.

In Halo Wars, another type of Micro Dyson Sphere appears. This Shield World is vastly different from the Onyx installation. Unlike Onyx, which was made of trillions of Sentinels over which a planetary surface had formed, this world was built in a method similar to a Halo Installation. It was a hollow structure with planetary surfaces on the interior and exterior being supported by numerous pillars.

Inside this was a more familiar construct of ship-sized portals allowing access from an opening on the outside to the interior world. The interior was somewhat similar to Onyx's Dyson Sphere, possessing an artificial sun, though it and the entire structure are on a far smaller scale. However, unlike Onyx, it was seemingly not only designed as a bomb shelter, but also as some sort of harbor, shipyard, or hiding place for ships, as it contains The Apex, which had dozens of Forerunner Dreadnoughts stored within it.


  1. “"Entirely true," Dr. Halsey said, "but we have not left Onyx."
    "This is the part I don't get," Kelly muttered.
    "The Forerunners' grasp of Slipspace technology was far more advanced than ours or the Covenant's," Dr. Halsey explained. "I believe this sphere resides in the center of the planet, encapsulated and protected by a Slipspace bubble of compressed dimensionality." ”
    Halo: Ghosts Of Onyx, page 381
  2. Dr. Halsey stared at them and then pushed her glasses farther up the bridge of her nose. "I see. You do understand that while externally, this space may only be a few meters in diameter within the center of Onyx, internally, it's compressed dimensionality gives it a surface area"—she cocked her head, calculating— "many times the surface of the Earth." ”
    Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 382