British geneticist and evolutionary biologist J.B.S.Haldane is famous for his remark:
“ The Creator, if He exists,
has an inordinate fondness for Stars and Beetles".
This is of course referring to the fact that 25% of all known Animal species, including Homo Escapeons, are types of beetle.
Astronomers estimate that there are at least
(7×10 to the 22nd power whatever!) stars in the observable universe or
230 billion times as many as the 300 billion in our own Milky Way!
Aside from the Sun the nearest star is Proxima Centauri
(if you’re ever on a game show)
which is about 40 trillion kilometres /4 light-years away
Much to my chagrin the Sun will expire in another 4 Billion years but presumably does not have enough mass to explode as a Supernova (dammit anyway) so it will become a Red Giant.
Unfortunately what that means is that the Sun's outer layers will expand until they reach Earth and all of our water will be boiled away and the atmosphere will escape into space.
I don’t like the sound of that.
Hmm, it sounds like 'Somebody' likes Stars even more than Beetles?