In 1848, Edgar Allen Poe published his final work, “Eureka,” which answered a cosmic riddle of his time… But was he RIGHT?

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In 1848, Edgar Allen Poe published his final work, “Eureka,” which answered a cosmic riddle of his time: Why is the nighttime sky dark if there are an infinite number of stars in the sky? He theorized that the darkness represented stars too young for the light to have yet reached us, but he was wrong!

It’s actually the opposite, something called Olber’s Paradox. The reason, according to scientists, that the night sky is not filled with lights is that the stars are TOO OLD and their light has been redshifted out of the visible spectrum. It has to do with the metric expansion of space.

It would have been very hard to guess at this, however, for Poe, because he was guessing before the work of Edwin Hubble was completed. Relativity was not considered.