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300 Sextillion Stars in Universe, New Study Suggests
CBC ^ | 12/1/2010 | CBC

Posted on 12/01/2010 6:39:26 PM PST by Dallas59

The night sky may be a lot starrier than we thought.

A study suggests the universe could have triple the number of stars scientists previously calculated. The new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That's 300 sextillion.

The study questions a key assumption that astronomers often use: that most galaxies have the same properties as our Milky Way. And that's creating a bit of a stink among astronomers who want a more orderly cosmos.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: stars; universe

1 posted on 12/01/2010 6:39:28 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

You just wanted to type ‘sex’ in the title and get away with it, LOL! :)


2 posted on 12/01/2010 6:41:39 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Dallas59
300 sextillion


3 posted on 12/01/2010 6:42:40 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Dallas59

heh-heh-heh, you said “tillion”


4 posted on 12/01/2010 6:43:02 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: Dallas59
300 Sextillion. Don't say that number in front of Bam Bam. I'm afraid he'll figure out what comes after a Trillion.
5 posted on 12/01/2010 6:43:44 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Dallas59

It’s a great, big universe
And we’re all really puny

We’re just tiny, little specks
About the size of Mickey Rooney...


6 posted on 12/01/2010 6:44:12 PM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Dallas59

7 posted on 12/01/2010 6:44:26 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Dallas59

wow that’s almost as big as our national debt!


8 posted on 12/01/2010 6:45:24 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Dallas59; Lazmataz

This thread screams for a ping to Laz


9 posted on 12/01/2010 6:45:34 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Dallas59

That number is wrong. I just went out into my back yard, and counted the stars. I got 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,047.


10 posted on 12/01/2010 6:46:01 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Dallas59
Billions and billions... and lots of more billions.


11 posted on 12/01/2010 6:46:49 PM PST by OCC
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To: Dallas59

If Jughead can sell each star for $1, he might be able to finance everything he has scheduled for the rest of his term.

I call dibs on Sol. I’ll buy it for $1, and then charge for it’s services.


12 posted on 12/01/2010 6:46:52 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Dallas59

And to those who do not believe in the Bible.......written thousands of years ago:

Exodus 32:13:

Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’”

Today, all 3 major religions claim Abraham as the “Father”......Jew, Christian, and Islam. An Amazing prophecy and fact we now know.


13 posted on 12/01/2010 6:47:36 PM PST by JNRoberts
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To: ari-freedom

“Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion” - Sarah Palin


14 posted on 12/01/2010 6:49:40 PM PST by starczar66 (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that 51% of voters are ignorant.)
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To: Dallas59; KevinDavis

Choices, Choices


15 posted on 12/01/2010 6:53:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Dallas59

This thread calls for my previous tagline: “Nobody tell Barack Obama what comes after a trillion!” —SP


16 posted on 12/01/2010 6:55:04 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Dallas59
What I really want to know is where does the universe end?

And what is on the other side?

17 posted on 12/01/2010 6:56:12 PM PST by oldbrowser
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To: starczar66
“Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion” - Sarah Palin

Well, that depends on whether you are British or American. :)
18 posted on 12/01/2010 6:57:26 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Hodar

And I’ll sue because YOUR sun gave me sunburn;)


19 posted on 12/01/2010 6:58:03 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Dallas59
This is from a Canadian site so that's 300 sextillion in metric.

I remember encountering the term "sextillion" before--it was a calculation of the weight of the earth. If I remember correctly the figure was something like 6 sextillion tons (but the calculation was done at least 70 years ago so I don't know if that is the currently-accepted weight).

20 posted on 12/01/2010 7:01:38 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Good one ... LOL.


21 posted on 12/01/2010 7:07:10 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Dallas59
Yeah...that's 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in this universe.
22 posted on 12/01/2010 7:19:35 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (NASA? Muslims? Muslims will want to go to the moon only when Israel sets up shop there.)
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To: Hodar
I call dibs on Sol. I’ll buy it for $1, and then charge for it’s services.

Too late, but only by a few days. Don't you hate it when that happens ;-)

Spanish Woman Claims She Now Owns Sun

23 posted on 12/01/2010 7:21:49 PM PST by GizmosAndGadgets (That given freely is charity; Taken by force, theft; Stolen by the government, tyranny.)
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To: JNRoberts

I think you need a math lesson

300 Sextillion is

300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

there are 6 billion people on the earth which is

6,000,000,000

A bit short of being as numerous as the stars, huh?

also

There is only 19,600,000,000,000,000 sq inches on the surface of the Earth

which means if the they were as numerous as the stars in heaven there would be 1,530,612 persons per inch.


24 posted on 12/01/2010 7:27:04 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Dallas59
Wow, there's 300 of them in the Miss Universe? I've never heard them called "Sextillions" before, but I'll take 'em :-)

That's almost a year's supply!

25 posted on 12/01/2010 7:30:19 PM PST by GizmosAndGadgets (That given freely is charity; Taken by force, theft; Stolen by the government, tyranny.)
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To: Dallas59
I am very angry about all this counting of stars. We need to stop the counting and focus on the stars that are closest to us. What we need to do is build a rocket ship that will take us to the closer stars and then from that vantage point, we can examine the next closest batch of stars, and so on.

Christopher Columbus did not obsess about how many square miles there were in North America. Instead, he focused on crossing the ocean and hitting some land. It took sometime before others eventually paid any attention to places like Iowa and Wyoming.

26 posted on 12/01/2010 7:31:11 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 3 days away from outliving Curly Howard)
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To: Dallas59

and only the Creator knows how many universes are out there...


27 posted on 12/01/2010 7:35:18 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Verginius Rufus

Umm, no.

He’s talking about long and short, and Canadians use short billions like the US does.


28 posted on 12/01/2010 7:39:53 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: oldbrowser
What I really want to know is where does the universe end?

And what is on the other side?

WalMart and What-A-Burger, respectively ;)

29 posted on 12/01/2010 7:59:42 PM PST by West Texas Chuck (US out of the UN - UN out of the US)
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To: Dallas59

300 Sextillion Untaxed Stars in Universe, New Democratic Study Suggests


30 posted on 12/01/2010 8:03:02 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: BenKenobi
I wasn't serious about metric. It may be from a Canadian source, but I don't know if the author is an American or a Canadian. It must be the American version of "sextillion."

I think the British equivalent for the same number would be 900 thousand trillion, which doesn't sound as awe-inspiring as 900 sextillion.

One sextillion on the American system is one followed by 21 zeroes; one sextillion on the British system would be one followed by 36 zeroes, if I have it right. I know that one billion has six more zeroes than one million by the British way of counting, and I'm assuming that continues so that their one trillion has six more zeroes than their one billion.

31 posted on 12/01/2010 8:33:09 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Got carried away there—I should have said 300 sextillion, not 900 sextillion. Didn’t mean to exaggerate.


32 posted on 12/01/2010 8:34:11 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Dallas59
The new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That's 300 sextillion.

Shhhhh! If the Libs ever learn that there is a number that large they will try to get the National Debt up to match it.

33 posted on 12/01/2010 8:40:22 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Verginius Rufus

Yep, you’ve done it right.

Canada’s kind of funny. They follow a hybrid system. In some ways they follow the British, in others, the Americans.


34 posted on 12/01/2010 9:07:58 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Dallas59

Wow, can you imagine if Abraham had been able to see all those stars? Or did it matter, since God saw them? LOL I can hear all the greenie’s heads exploding.


35 posted on 12/01/2010 10:00:41 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: JNRoberts
Judaism seems to be pretty far down the list:

Religion Adherents
Christianity 2.1 billion
Islam 1.5 billion
Hinduism 900 million
Chinese traditional religion 394 million
Buddhism 376 million
Animist religions 300 million
African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
Sikhism 23 million
Juche 19 million
Spiritism 15 million
Judaism 14 million
Baha'i 7 million
Jainism 4.2 million
Shinto 4 million
Cao Dai 4 million
Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
Tenrikyo 2 million
Neo-Paganism 1 million
Unitarian Universalism 800,000
Rastafari Movement 600,000

36 posted on 12/02/2010 6:54:22 AM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: BenKenobi

Canada uses Celsius for temperatures and the US, of course, uses Fahrenheit, so when it is zero degrees in Fort Erie, Ontario, it’s 32 degrees across the Niagara River in Buffalo, NY. That’s why Buffalo gets so much snow—the cold Celsius air from Canada hits the warm Fahrenheit air in the US.


37 posted on 12/02/2010 7:07:21 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: qam1

Yeah, with all due repect, I think you missed my point and God’s point. He wasn’t being precise or literal.......Abraham couldn’t have a child of his own....at least he didn’t think so....then he ran ahead of God......finally he has his own...and God promised him.....you won’t have just one child.....your going to have a LOT of descendants.

Did you think it was Literal?......LOL! (sorry, I have to laugh at you)


38 posted on 12/02/2010 7:47:45 AM PST by JNRoberts
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To: starlifter

If you think Juche or Shinto, etc. is one of the “great” religions of the world......Ok.

While the original post was about numbers, influence is a different thing.....In the world, Christian, Islam, and Jewish relgions are at the center of the issues that we deal are now dealing with......Not so much Cao Dai.

But for numbers......u win.


39 posted on 12/02/2010 7:50:44 AM PST by JNRoberts
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To: JNRoberts
I don't think Juche or Shinto are “great” religions (your term, not mine).

You posted “Today, all 3 major religions claim Abraham as the “Father”......Jew, Christian, and Islam”. You missed some of the biggies.

I do agree that Islam is at the center of many issues with which we must deal.

40 posted on 12/02/2010 9:41:04 AM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: starlifter

Well, I consider the Jewish religion and people to be the greatest influence in the world both in the past and today. Mark Twain even pondered.....”what is the mystery to their survival?”......Their achievements speak for themselves. There is no equal to them.........when we talk about America’s founding values....we talk about “Judeo Christian” values.......it is the ten commandments that hang in D.C.

Even the 7 day cycle comes from Jewish scripture......the Sabbath being the anchor which the week revolves around......there is not natural weekly phenomenon for a 7 day week.....only creation........

And of course all one has to do is look at what tiny country is causing a Billion Muslims so much grief.....HMS Richards Sr. said...The Jews are a testament to scripture....I agree........thanks.


41 posted on 12/02/2010 2:17:02 PM PST by JNRoberts
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