The website UniverseToday.com suggests that if you had perfect vision in absolute darkness, you’d be able to see up to 9,000 different stars over a several month period. “With a good pair of binoculars, that number jumps to about 200,000, since you can observe stars down to magnitude 9. A small telescope, capable of resolving magnitude 13 stars will let you count up to 15 million stars. Large observatories could resolve billions of stars.” Altogether, scientists estimate there to be a septillion stars in the universe. That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars.
How can they figure that out when they can’t even accurately predict if it’s going to rain three days from now? Anyway …
Some of my religious friends would say this is a stupid. I’m told that “details don’t matter.” They may not matter to most people (unless it has to do with the money they have in the bank), but details apparently matter greatly to God. He says that The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). If He made that many stars, He must have a purpose for each one, and somehow each one brings Him glory.
Psalm 147:4 reminds us that God counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.