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      Stellar background; stars; CMBR

    • Abstract


      Reviving a calculation made by Eddington in the 1920s, and using the most recent and comprehensive databases available on stars and galaxies, including more than 2,500,000 stars and around 20,000 galaxies we have computed their total radiation received at the Earth just outside its atmosphere. This radiation density, if thermalized, would be equivalent to a temperature of 4.212 K. The comparability of this temperature to that of the cosmic microwave background (2.723 K) may either be a pure coincidence or may hold a key to some as yet unknown, aspect of the universe.

    • Author Affiliations


      Jean-Claude Pecker1 Jayant V. Narlikar2

      1. Collège de France, 3 rue d’Ulm, Paris - FR-75005, France
      2. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Ganeshkhind, Pune University Campus, Post Bag 4, Pune - 411 007, India
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