Unlimited Visibility


In one regard however, the absence of air also has advantages for lighting conditions in empty space. After all, it is generally known what great effect the property of air exerts on visibility (e.g., in the mountains, at sea, etc.), because even on clear days, a portion of the light is always lost in the air, or rather through small dust and mist particles constantly suspended in it.

The latter effect is, however, very disadvantageous for all types of long range observations, especially those of astronomy. For this reason, observatories are built if at all possible at high altitudes on mountains because there the air is relatively the clearest. However, there are limits. Furthermore, the flickering of fixed stars, likewise a phenomenon caused only by the presence of air, cannot be avoided even at these high locations. Neither is it possible to eliminate the scattered light (the blue of the sky), which is very bothersome for astronomical observations during the day and is caused also by the atmosphere, thus making it very difficult to investigate those heavenly bodies that cannot be seen during complete darkness, such as Mercury, Venus, and, not least of all, the sun itself.

All of these adverse conditions are eliminated in the empty space of the universe; here, nothing weakens the luminosity of the stars; the fixed stars no longer flicker; and the blue of the sky no longer interferes with the observations. At any time, the same favorable, almost unlimited possibilities exist, because telescopes of any arbitrary size, even very large ones, could be used because optical obstructions no longer exist.


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