BBC NEWS: Astronomers count the stars

Astronomers in Australia say there are 10 times more stars in the visible universe than all the grains of sand on the world’s beaches and deserts.
From the darkest parts of Earth, the naked human eye can see about 5,000 stars. From a brightly-lit city street, only about 100.
The actual number of stars ‘could be infinite’
But modern telescopes tell a different story.

Post originally posted on 22 Jul 2003 12:22