- the paradox that if the universe consisted of an infinite number of stars equally distributed through space, then every line of sight would come from a star and the night sky would glow uniformly, which is observationally not true.
Origin of Olbers' paradox
First recorded in 1950–55; after H.W.M. Olbers
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"if stars are uniformly distributed through the sky, their number should counterbalance their faintness and the night sky should be as bright as the day;" named for German astronomer H.W.M. Olbers (1758-1840), who propounded it in 1826.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper