The Olbers Conjecture ("Paradox"), Revisited

Authors: John Michael Williams

The Olbers conjecture, that under reasonable assumptions, light from the stars should sum at the Earth to make the sky bright at night, has been a subject of study since the early 19th century. It has been incorporated into some of modern cosmology. After confirming Olbers's reasoning analytically, we solve the problem using a new calculation modelled as a projecture in the form of an imaginary, constant-area star probe. We find that there are not enough of stars to make the sky bright at night.

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