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All of the starlight ever produced measured

Some big numbers here.

4 X 10 ^84 photons.

Or put another way: 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000 photons.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1129142414.htm
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

That’s an awfully round number, it can’t be right surely!
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

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That’s an awfully round number, it can’t be right surely!
Who knows its just a ballpark figure to get the order of magnitude. It sure is big

Human brains can't conceive these types of numbers they are just big.
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

Can it be compared to the usual benchmark then? The size of Wales.
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

I'm bored so

There is a basic way to talk about the effective “size” of a photon, and that is through its wavelength. Very roughly, the interaction range of a photon scales with its wavelength, so light of longer wavelength is more likely to interact with a conductive material than light of a shorter wavelength. In this way you could say the “size” of photon is basically the width of its wavelength. The wavelength of green light is about 500 nanometers.
So its area is 250000 sq nanometers

Wales has an area of 20,735 square Kilometres.
Thats 20735 *10^24 square Nanometers.

So it would take (20735/250000) x 10^24 photons to cover an area the size of Wales

I think that's about 0.083 * 10^24 green photons

Or 8.3 x 10^22 photons.

So to answer your question the total number photons ever produced would cover an area equal to this many times the size of Wales

(4 x 10^82) / (8.3 x 10^22)

Thats 0.48 x 10^60 Wales. Assuming there are no clouds
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

With all that light why do I keep shooting at ISO 2000?
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With all that light why do I keep shooting at ISO 2000?
Maybe because all the photons are in Wales
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With all that light why do I keep shooting at ISO 2000?
Perhaps you need to be in Wales!

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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

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Some big numbers here.

4 X 10 ^84 photons.

Or put another way: 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000 photons.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1129142414.htm
How many London Buses is that? And how many football pitches would they need to park them all?

Come to that, how many Olympic swimming pools of water would you need to water the grass that the London Buses are parked on?
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

Pink Floyd, Echoes:

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And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning
Wonderful piece of music...

(even if 10^6 is somewhat of an underestimate - you'd have thought that Brian May, having a PhD in Physics, would have known better).
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Where does Brian May fit into Echoes?
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Good point ... confusing Pink Floyd and Queen! Duh.
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

I wondered if I was missing something!
Two bands not easy to confuse really.
Saw them both in the 70s, never since though. I think Floyd was the DSOTM tour and Queen we’re supporting Mott The Hoople and then headlining. Happy days.
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I wondered if I was missing something!
Two bands not easy to confuse really.
Saw them both in the 70s, never since though. I think Floyd was the DSOTM tour and Queen we’re supporting Mott The Hoople and then headlining. Happy days.
Yeah, completely different bands. My only excuse was I typed it after an evening of wine and plenty!

You were lucky to see them both. Queen supporting Mott the Hoople? Nice.

Mind you, I saw Dire Straits in the late 70s and they were supporting Talking Heads.
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Re: All of the starlight ever produced measured

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Some big numbers here.

4 X 10 ^84 photons.

Or put another way: 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000 photons.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1129142414.htm
They are big numbers - it looks like the cost of Brexit to me!
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