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Resolving Olbers' Paradox

Lee Coe
Year: 1989
Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, Olbers' paradox
Starlight from distant stars is dimmer than light from nearby stars. But increasing distance is not the only factor responsible for dimming. Of these other factors one is particularly important: Some of the radiation from distant stars plunges into bodies of matter and never reaches us. When this fact is taken into account, Olbers' paradox is resolved.