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  1. #1 The Stars We See at Night 
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    This is an inference I made while looking at the stars and I have no astronomy training or knowledge so it might be very wrong.Light from stars, galaxies etc might appear as a dot because light travels in straight lines and when you are looking directly at a straight line then all you see is the front point of it. The light is going in all directions from the star but it is so far way that only the direct light reaches us. Is this correct?

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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Your description sort of sounds right as a basic approximation, but the situation is probably more complicated than you think.

    Have a look at this:
    Angular resolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Is using "nameless" as your name an oxymoron?
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