Talk:975: Occulting Telescope

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A personal lesson I've learned long ago that I would like to share with Mr. XKCD and others: Don't worry about things you don't have direct control over, try to help people that do have control better understand the challenge they are facing and you will feel great with every accomplishment (similar to remembering to bring that reusable bag of yours to the store). If you don't know anyone with control, but feel you have a lesson to teach about the universe around us, put it in fiction form for future generations to learn from, and we will reward you with riches for it. - e-inspired 15:51, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Wouldn't the disk covering the star reflect sunlight so the observer would end up with an EVEN BIGGER SPOT in the sky where the star used to be? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I assume you're talking about light from our Sun and not light from the observed star. Of course the disc would be made of dark non-reflecting material, the opposite of a mirror. But even if it would be a mirror it reflects only in one direction. Put a (reflecting) coin in your hand far away as possible and aim to every point around you, even when you intent to see the reflection of the Sun by having it just behind you it's not easy to see it. And turn only a tick to the left you see nothing. BTW: Please sign your comments. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:17, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

I don't think that sending all the energy back of a star to ONE planet would be advisable... mostly due to the scale of energy likely destroying said planet(or if not making it uninhabitable(unless they are horribly inefficient)) or (using our system(the solar system(our original solar system(the one with the planet Earth)))) all of the planets in our solar system, although it could be used to increase the amount of energy received by those planets 19:13, 24 September 2018 (UTC) 20:14 , 24 September 2018