Bubble mansions are popular in the asteroid belt this year

Illustration for article titled Bubble mansions are popular in the asteroid belt this year

These are not "McMansions." Their domes are made with 100% organic polymer chains, fabricated by artisanal molecular foundries. And the homes inside are all sustainably manufactured out of locally-mined carbonaceous compounds and minerals. So they're good for the asteroid belt environment, and great for you!

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This is a 1980 image by Robert McCall from an OMNI magazine gallery called "Space Witness." You can see more incredible, futuristic images of cities from OMNI over at OMNI Reboot.

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Corpore Metal

Are all these asteroids gravitationally captured? The seem unrealistically close together.

Most asteroids are actually pretty widely spaced. On average a typical asteroid has about 3.334 * 10 ^ 19 cubic kilometers all to itself. Even big ones like Ceres or Lutetia. It works out to about 8 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Yes, there a "clumps of gravel" asteroids more closely spaced and all gravitationally bound but, Star Wars has badly skewed our perception of asteroid fields. They are more wide distributed than this.