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Counting stars from the shore of the cosmic ocean…
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How many stars are there in the universe? Are there more stars out there than grains of sand on Earth? Thanks to advanced space telescopes, we’ve been able to peer farther into deep time and the distant universe than we ever thought possible, and we might finally be able to answer these mind-boggling questions.

Every star visible from Earth (naked eye): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bright_Star_Catalogue
Number of stars in the universe (estimated): http://www.universetoday.com/102630/how-many-stars-are-there-in-the-universe/
Hubble gigapixel image of Andromeda: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/
Hubble eXtreme Deep Field: http://xdf.ucolick.org/
How big is the sky? http://www.badastronomy.com/bitesize/bigsky.html
How much sand is there on Earth? http://www.hawaii.edu/suremath/jsand.html
What would the cosmic sandbox look like? https://what-if.xkcd.com/83/

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: “The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa1ImgOcOPM


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