Twinkle Twinkle Little Missing Stars, How I Wonder Where you are?

Looking toward the centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way (NASA)

‘Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?’ This nursery rhyme is one of the best loved around the World. For astronomers though, stars can be a bit more of a nightmare, not only in understanding their complex evolutionary processes but also and perhaps more simply, figuring out how many there are. Until now there has been a gross mismatch between the number of stars that are found within our galaxy, the Milky Way and the amount that astronomer think should be there. In short, where are the missing stars?(…) Read the rest of Twinkle Twinkle Little Missing Stars, How I Wonder Where you are? (492 words)

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