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This article was published on June 25, 2012

    A very technical answer to the question “Why is the sky dark at night?” [video]

    A very technical answer to the question “Why is the sky dark at night?” [video]
    Drew Olanoff
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    Drew Olanoff

    Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for onlin Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for online charitable movements. He founded #BlameDrewsCancer. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or email [email protected]

    It’s amazing how many things happen in the world that we simply accept at face value. It gets dark at night, big whoop. But why? Easy, it’s because the earth spins and eventually we’re no longer facing the sun.

    Or not?

    Here’s an in-depth explanation of an alternative theory as to why the sky gets dark at night, thanks to Olbers’ paradox, which is the “argument that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal static universe.” Yeah, it’s way over my head, too.

    Still, this video is worth a look, as it does a really amazing job at explaining a complex answer to a seemingly “simple question.”

    Don’t you feel smarter now?