One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
1950s: named after Heinrich W. M. Olbers (1758–1840), the German astronomer who propounded it in 1826.
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