Re: [nbos] [AS] Star density/frequency
Tue May 29th, 2007
On an astronomical note: Sol is on the outer edge of the galaxy, on
the outer edge of an arm of the spiral. Stars are MUCH less dense
here than in other parts of the galaxy.

The Milky way is 100,000 light years across and 1000 light years
thick. This is a volume of 7,853,981,633,974.4830961566084581988
light years cubed. There are roughly 200,000,000,000 stars in the
galaxy. Assuming they are all evenly distributed, that is .025 stars
per cubic light year. Your 500 light year sphere (assuming that is
total diameter not radius) would have 65449846.95 (rounded up) cublic
light years. This would be roughly
1,666,666.6666720815218387684616114 stars. Which is an order of
magnitude MORE than AS generated and two orders of magnitude more than
around Sol.

There are several plug ins that generate planets randomly on the NBOS
exchange (I've downloaded most of them.) You just hit 'stop' when you
hit the visual density you want.

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