Why wishes upon stars do not come true?

I remember, when I was in high school my geography teacher asked us in class if there are any visible planets from our galaxy that can be viewed from Earth in the night sky without a telescope. No one answered to the question and that is how I got a high mark for saying Venus, aka The Morning Star.

Why wishes upon stars do not come true ?

American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator Neil deGrase Tyson said: ,, Planets are brighter then stars typically, like Jupiter and Venus, Venus was visible in the evening sky lately. If you go ‘twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wounder what you are… ‘, and you want to wish upon a star, most people are wishing on planets that\s why their wishes don’t come true. The planets are the first stars to come at night. ”

There we have it, mystery debunked. Thank you science !
The reason why wishes do not came true is because we are wishing upon planets instead of stars.  Of course I’m only joking. Stars and planets do not posses magic powers.

Some say that if you really wish something, the Universe will work for you and make that wish a reality, but the way I see it is that only we as individuals have the power to make them come true.

What is a star ?

Stars are massive balls of burning gas resulted from the force of gravity which compresses atoms in interstellar gas until fusion reactions begin. Once the fusion reactions begins, the star exerts an outward pressure. A star will remain stable if the inward force of gravity and the outward force generated by the fusion reactions are equal.

Why are some stars less bright ?

The reason why stars are less bright then others is because they are hundreds of thousands light years away from Earth. Most of the time a very bright star is probably a planet from our solar system.
Venus is the brightest planet that can be viewed from Earth and is 108.2 million km away from the Sun. Jupiter is 778.5 million km away from the Sun and can also be seen on sky from our blue planet along with Mercury, Mars and Saturn. They are visible to the naked eye except for the short periods of time when they are too close to the Sun.

Why do stars twinkle ?

The scientific explanation behind twinkling stars is that the turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere distorts the star light therefore we see the jiggling image which we call twinkling star.

Is it wrong to say that planets are stars ?

The short answer would be no. Except for the Moon, we refer to all static sparkling objects as stars. I said static because airplanes occasionally fly by and calling them stars would be wrong. If you wish to be more precise you can use the word celestial bodies, this way you include both stars and planets. But still, Stargazing sounds much better. It’s not really that important how you call them as long as you know that stars are not the only objects that shine in the night sky.

In a nutshell, wishes that do not come true are not due to the fact that you made a wish upon a planet. It’s all up to you and how much work and effort you put in in order  make your wishes come true.

I invite you to run an experiment by making a wish upon a less brighter star. Let me know how that worked out for you because apparently wishing on planets is not very effective.


George Cristea-Matei

Following different paths towards the road to self-discovery. Always hungry for knowledge and horizon expansion. Tech enthusiast & part-time trader on @eToro .

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