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New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?

12 Jan 2021, 17:00 UTC
New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?

NASA

How dark is the sky, and what does that tell us about the number of galaxies in the visible universe? Astronomers can estimate the total number of galaxies by counting everything visible in a Hubble deep field and then multiplying them by the total area of the sky. But other galaxies are too faint and distant to directly detect. Yet while we can’t count them, their light suffuses space with a feeble glow.

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