Megastructures are artificial constructs so huge that they challenge our preconceptions of size.
A megastructure, by definition, has to be a single, unified structure. A modern city may be huge in scale, but its is actually composed of many thousands of individual buildings, all built at different times for different purposes. The Great Wall of China may be considered a megastructure, however, as it is a single complete structure with one dedicated purpose.
Megastructures may be intelligent life's ultimate expression of existence, as they challenge the very scale of the universe.
New ocean real estate.
Super-Sized urban environments.
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Flinging payloads from a 9-mile high inflatable tower.
Orbital cables miles long
Keeping space stations aloft by shooting them with millions of hypersonic bullets.
A 40,000 mile long railroad track right into space.
Miniature world in the Great Dark.
Large colonies on minor bodies.
Artificial planetary rings.
Multiple celestial objects in the same orbit
Moon- and planet-sized stations.
Planet-sized hollow spheres.
Cosmic rings spinning in the void.
Englobing entire stars.
A custom-made cosmos.
A loop of cosmic string ten million light years across.