Why are the Disks of Stars Not Seen in Telescopic Views?

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Every so often, I receive queries in my mailbox asking about various topics. Today, I was asked an astronomy question that intrigued me:

"Under enormous magnification, such as the HUBBLE - WHY ON EARTH don't individual stars, when focused on, look absolutely ENORMOUS. I mean - focus on a GALAXY, and you see an object otherwise 'apparently' tiny, blown up to be quite visible in detail
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Next for the Orrery Project

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Previous posts have focused on the rocket that is the center column for our orrery. The one pictured here doesn't have the bottom section with the fins, but our new one does. Now that the rocket has been carved and the holes bored into it to accept the drive tubes, it can be put aside for a bit and we move on to the next section - The

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The Rocket is Complete!

Steampunk Rocket with Fins in Cherry Wood

The fins are finished! They were cut from solid cherry boards with my radial arm saw and trimmed up with my bandsaw. The blade on that could use some replacing....

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Continuing the Rocket for the Orrery

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It's finally stopped storming, so I can continue to work on building my rocket ship today. Why does it matter if it's storming? Some of my equipment (lathe, drill press among other stuff) is out on a covered deck. The covers keep them protected when it rains, but I'm not too good with my hands when it's cold and wet. I have very low blood pressure, so if my

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