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Re: Optical Horizom

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Posted by Lee on July 6, 1999 20:04:33 UTC

: I look out into the night sky with my naked eyes. I see many stars. I know that were I to get a telescope I would see many other stars. Get a larger telescope an I would see even more stars. And so on. If I get a large enough telescope all I would see is light. Gamow(?), I think called this the optical horizon. Given that comcept, if the sun is a spheroid, and it shines out in all directions, and each other star is a sphere or spheroid, is there a structure of light. Each star shining on every other star unless something is in the way, it seems, would be a structure of some kind. Were I in the center of any given star, with a large enough telescope, would I see nothing but light? Would the darkness of space not be perceived?

Lee: I would think that if one were standing in the center of a star, IF one had a telescope that was capable of isolating various "bands" of the electromagnetic spectrum, one COULD see pretty much the same as one sees now, and even more.

As to the horizon of light, could you be referring to Obler's Paradox that says that the sky itself should be totally saturated with light due to the number and density of stars?

Here's one explaination:

http://hs.onysd.wednet.edu/sciweb/astronomy/astrophysics/txt/txtoble2.html

Enjoy.

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