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Olbers' paradox

Syllabification: Ol·bers' par·a·dox
Pronunciation: /ˌōlbərz ˈperədäks
 
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Definition of Olbers' paradox in English:

noun

Astronomy
The apparent paradox that if stars are distributed evenly throughout an infinite universe of infinite age, the night sky should display a uniform glow, since every line of sight would terminate at a star. But with an expanding universe of finite age, visible light from very distant stars has not reached the Earth.

Origin

1950s: named after Heinrich W. M. Olbers (1758–1840), the German astronomer who propounded it in 1826.

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