How many stars are there in the Universe?
Scientists and astronomers have estimated that there are more than a hundred billion stars in our own galaxy (Milky Way Galaxy) alone. With this, they have multiplied it with the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe which they have guessed to also be a hundred billion in totality. The result is a rough estimate of 10 billion trillion existing stars in the Universe. Some astronomers estimated all the stars in the Universe to be 70 sextillion or 7 followed by 22 zeros. Take note that all of these calculations are mere estimates even though powerful telescopes have already invented and used by our modern astronomers and star gazers. The calculation of the stars in the Milky Way alone is a mere estimate. How much more our calculations of stars in the whole Universe, where the number of galaxies which contains numerous stars, are also roughly estimated?
So are the stars in the Universe countless? Humans cannot count them accurately at this time or even until the end of time. This is because the numbers of stars existing in the Universe are in a huge number as described in the Bible to be in multitude. No human has ever counted and given the accurate numbers of stars in the Universe. We can possibly count all the living people on Earth now or the number of hairs in our head since they are reachable – but not all the stars which are far far away and unreachable. Our own galaxy alone, which could only be one of the hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe, has a diameter of 100,000 light-years. One light-year is equivalent to 9.46 trillion kilometers. This means, crossing our galaxy, assuming we invent a spaceship as fast as the speed of light, will require humans to travel for a hundred thousand years, considering there is no distortion of time and space.
Genesis 15:5 (New King James Version)
Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Deuteronomy 1:10 (NKJV)
The LORD your God has multiplied you, and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude.
However, by God’s great might and power, He can precisely count the numbers of all stars. And not all that, He can also call them all by name. This just shows the gap between God and humans.
Psalm 147:4 (NKJV)
He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
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