Re: Olber's Paradox/Ignorance (Re: The Big Bang)

Anders Sandberg (
04 Nov 1997 09:53:06 +0100

Mike Coward <> writes:

> >Pick any point in the night sky and extend a line from you to that point,
> >eventually the line will hit the surface of a star, so the entire sky should> >be as bright as the sun. Put it another way, all the light emitted by an
> >infinite number of stars would have nowhere to go,
> Stars surrounding us act as shields reflecting the light outside.

Stars obviously shine and are not reflective. However, absorbing dust
clouds have been proposed by proponents of a static universe, but the
clouds would heat up due to the absorbed radiation until they shone
equally bright.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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