Astronomers seeing more planets than stars in galaxy

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  • Laurence Glavin Methuen, MA
    Jan. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    I'm not an adherent of any ancient fable-based belief system, including the one that originated in the 19th century in the United States. Most of them claim to have received guidance from an unseen all-powerful, all-knowing supernatural being. But one thing he (excuse me for being as patriarchal as the religions I've just described) left out was actual information about how the universe REALLY worked, so that when humans figured it out centuries later, they would look at these books and say "it was in there all along". The figure identified as Jesus Christ fell into the trap of visualizing the universe the way ancient peoples did when he claimed that the end of the world was soon, and when it happens, "stars" will fall out of the sky and splash into the earth's oceans. I guess he didn't know that the LEAST MASSIVE VISIBLE STAR is exponentially larger than the Earth, and the closest one to earth other than the Sun (perhaps he didn't realize the Sun is itself a star)travelling at the speed of light, would take 4 years to get here.