Olbers' paradox

Olbers' paradox "if stars are uniformly distributed through the sky, their number should counterbalance their faintness and the night sky should be as bright as the day;" named for German astronomer H.W.M. Olbers (1758-1840), who propounded it in 1826.

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  • Olbers' paradox — in action In astrophysics and physical cosmology, Olbers paradox is the argument that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal static universe. It is one of the pieces of evidence for a non static… …   Wikipedia

  • Olbers' paradox — /ohl beuhrz/, Astron. the paradox that if the universe consisted of an infinite number of stars equally distributed through space, then every line of sight would come from a star and the night sky would glow uniformly, which is observationally… …   Universalium

  • Olbers' paradox — /ohl beuhrz/, Astron. the paradox that if the universe consisted of an infinite number of stars equally distributed through space, then every line of sight would come from a star and the night sky would glow uniformly, which is observationally… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Olbers' paradox — noun the observation that the night sky is mostly dark, yet, in a boundless universe of stars, every line of sight from the eye must eventually intercept the surface of …   Wiktionary

  • Olbers'sches Paradoxon — Das Olberssche Paradoxon geht auf den deutschen Astronomen Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers zurück, der dieses Problem im Jahre 1826 formulierte, nachdem es bereits von anderen Wissenschaftlern erkannt worden war. Es geht von der Frage aus, warum der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Olbers-Paradoxon — Das Olberssche Paradoxon geht auf den deutschen Astronomen Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers zurück, der dieses Problem im Jahre 1826 formulierte, nachdem es bereits von anderen Wissenschaftlern erkannt worden war. Es geht von der Frage aus, warum der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Olbers, Wilhelm — ▪ German astronomer in full  Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers   born Oct. 11, 1758, Arbergen, near Bremen, Ger. died March 2, 1840, Bremen  German astronomer and physician who discovered the asteroids (minor planets) Pallas and Vesta as well as… …   Universalium

  • Olbers (disambiguation) — Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers was a German astronomer, physician and physicist Comet Olbers (disambiguation), several comets Olbers (crater), on the Moon Olbers, a 200 km diameter dark albedo feature on 4 Vesta s surface Olbers paradox,… …   Wikipedia

  • Olbers's paradox — Paradox of why the sky is dark at night. If the universe is endless and uniformly populated with luminous stars, every line of sight must end at the surface of a star and the night sky should be bright with no dark spaces between stars. This… …   Universalium

  • Olbers , Heinrich — (1758–1840) German astronomer Olbers, who was born at Arbegen in Germany, was a physician who practiced medicine at Bremen. He became a good amateur astronomer, and converted part of his house into an observatory. He became interested in… …   Scientists

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