It's really full of stars

Stellar population of universe may be three times current estimates

By Ron Cowen, 15:47 PM December 1, 2010

There are more dim bulbs in the universe than even the most hardened pessimist might have imagined.

Astronomers who examined eight relatively nearby galaxies have found evidence of a surprisingly high abundance of faint, low-mass stars — each has about 10 times as many as the Milky Way. Those elderly galaxies are so chock-full of faint stars that the researchers extrapolate that the heavens contain up to three times the total number of stars previously estimated.

The profusion of stars al...

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