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Looking out through a window of the International Space Station, will I see stars?

Asked by rebbel (23449 points ) January 15th, 2012

On Earth, looking at the (a clear) night sky we see hundreds or thousands of stars.
I ask this because on pictures of the moon or the Earth I don’t see stars at least not on photos that I have seen.
Will I see stars too when I am in space?

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ragingloli's avatar

As you may or may not have noticed, at night you can not see what is outside your window if your lights are on. I would say the same applies in space.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes, Lots of them! You just don’t see them in pictures taken from space because so many near bodies are so bright.

In space, stars don’t twinkle, because there is no atmosphere deflecting the light.

rebbel's avatar

I knew that there would be Jellies that are bright enough that they knew the answer to this and were capable of explaining it to me.
Thank you both!

gambitking's avatar

I don’t know for sure but I’ve always heard that sci-movies and shows that depict a window full of stars from inside a space craft while adrift in the void is a fallacy, because with no atmosphere to bend light toward your eyes, you’d have to be looking directly at a star in order to see it, given its great distance from your eyeball. It really has less to do with light pollution around you.

jazmina88's avatar

stars and maybe a planet….everything else would be dark. right????

mazingerz88's avatar

Dude, as long as your window is Windex clean, of course! Lol.

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