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This site from the University of Oregon's Physics Department provides a description of Olbers' Paradox which asks why the night sky is dark.  The site presents diagrams and an explanation for why a static infinite universe would have a brightly illuminated night sky.  It also contains rationale for why this is not so, supporting calculations, and conclusions that can be drawn about the Universe.
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© 1994 University of Oregon, Department of Physics
Big Bang, dark, luminosity, sky
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