I think that the answer to this question will be useful as a scale to appreciate the size of the universe.

So, If we count Avogadro's Number of stars that are closest to Earth, how big that space would be? And how many galaxies/clusters will be engulfed in that space? And for a start, let's just consider only three dimensions.

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "only three dimensions"? $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868: If one considers time as the 4th dimension, there may be closer stars to Earth in the past and future. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 1:01
  • $\begingroup$ But do we consider that dimension when talking about, say, the size of a galaxy? $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 1:02
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 Of course not. It was there so that the question may not become too broad, for people who are interested about too much detail, like me. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 1:04
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, I started following Scientific Imagination a while ago! $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 2:51

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It's going to be all (or perhaps nearly all) of the observable Universe. Roughly speaking, there are several hundred billion stars in the Milky Way. And extrapolating the number of galaxies in deep Hubble images suggests something like a hundred billion galaxies in the observable Universe. Put these together and you get about $10^{22}$ to $10^{24}$ stars in the observable Universe. Avogadro's number is $6.022\times 10^{23}$, which is in the upper end of that range. So, given current estimates, you'd need at least most, if not all, of the observable Universe to get $N_A$ stars.


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