November 3, 2012

Ten Random Astro-Facts to Entertain and Boggle

Ben Burress, KQED

AP Photo

I decided that instead of blogging on just one topic in astronomy, I'd blog about ten of them! Here are some of the astronomy fun facts from my archive that struck my fancy today, randomly chosen and in no particular order:

1. In the city we can see maybe a few dozen stars on a "dark” night—still, there are about 2000 stars overhead that are within our eye's ability to see, if only the skies were darker! The total number of individual stars perceptible by the human eye, in all directions in space, is around 6000, give or take depending on how good your eyesight and night vision are.

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TAGGED: Universe, Sun, Scale, Stars


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