posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 05:52 PM
Originally posted by _Phoenix_
Same reason you can't see an atom without a microscope.
Nope you don't get it.
See this Olber's paradox
Every point in the sky contains stars, many of them, at every distance imaginable whereby the light from them has been emiting for eons and eons, some
of which may not have got here yet, but much of which has & is passing us by. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in fact shows that every square centimeter
held at arms length (try it) contains the light from about 10,000 galaxies, never mind the starlight from the cloud of our own Milky Way (which is
visible absent light polution).
In theory the whole sky could be so filled with starlight that it would be all-white or "bejeweled" (I like that word).
What I've learned however, is that while the light is there, once you reach a certain distance, by the inverse square law, it's so dim that it cannot
be detected by the naked eye, and thus appears
However, if you took the Hubble Space Telescope and created a wrap around image enveloping the earth at every point of the sky, and at variying
magnifications, what would be seen would not be a black sky dotted with stars, and a hazy river-like Milky Way in one section, or even a nebula here
and a galaxy there, with black space in between - but a dome of nothing BUT stars and galaxies without any black in between whatsoever
Thus, even though we cannot see it with our eyes, seeing "only" the local stars in a very very small sphere of space within the Milky Way Galaxy,
what's mind-numbingly AWESOME is that in truth, the whole sky IS "bejeweled" every single point of it, all around the whole earth - think of that next
time you look at the sky either during the day (imagining what's behind the blue) or during the night (what's in between the stars that are visible).
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