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We live in an immense and beautiful universe.

It’s incredible to think that a hundred years ago, our prevailing view was that the Milky Way galaxy constituted the whole of the universe. Today it’s estimated that there may be 10 trillion galaxies! Conservative estimates put the number at 200 billion, which is still staggering to the imagination.

Galaxies vary widely in size. Dwarfs contain as little as a few thousand stars. Giants hold as many as 100 trillion.

How many stars, then, populate the universe?

As of 2014, astronomers think there are 100 octillion, which is a 1 with 29 zeros, or

100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars.

Some say this is an underestimation, as we continue to discover new galaxies in our ever-widening view of the universe.

Amazing.

Beautiful and amazing.