A new census indicates that there may three times as many stars as current estimates, approved on account of undercounting red dwarf stars, which are too small and dim to see at great distances.

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, December 1

Here’s a finding that may make some stargazers do a double-take through their telescopes: There may be three times as many stars in the universe as we thought. Fixing this astronomical miscalculation may force some researchers to reconsider what far-off galaxies really look like and how the stars within them came to be.

”It has terrifying implications for a lot of the astronomy we do,” said Caltech astronomer Richard Ellis, who was not involved in the work.

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