Imagine an orange. You have 10,000 tiny straws, and you cover the surface of the oranhe with the straws so that every bit of oramge has a straw in it.
Now conider the straws are actually beams of light, beaming outward from the oramges surface, and the orange is a star.
Even if the straws are only 5 inches long, the amount of space between them at this end if staggering. From 100% coverage to significantly less in 4 inches. Now imagine the straws were 1 mile long. It might take minutes to walk between the straws at that distance.light moving outward from a round object – or any object, moves out in straight lines. What lights the space in between light.
If we take this analogy outward even more, the beam of lights we see from the stars in the sky may represent only the ones we can see, because we’re in their beam. There may be a billion others and we can’t see them, because we’re in their no-light zone.
If you orbit a sun from far enough away, you could conceivable travel between small beams of visability, and gigantic life-long areas on non-visability. From the point of view in between two or 10 straws extending my orange, I can not see the orange at all. In factg, I can only see the orange, if I look down one of the straws.
And in fact, I only see one 10,000th of the orange’s surface area.
If the straw was only 1 hair wide, it would take a lot farther distance to see a gap between the strands, but scince seems to tell me it would appear and there would be unlit space at some point along the beam.