discussing the count of a large number of objects, such as stars in the Observable Universe, the focus is not on calculating their literal quantity down to the last star. In such cases, understanding the order of magnitude is sufficient. It is considered that the number of stars in the Observable Universe is a figure with 22 digits, which is more conveniently represented as one followed by 21 zeros and written as 10 to the power of 21.

Moreover, this is a lower estimate. This means that there could be

as few as

or as many as

1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000,

9 999 999 999 999 999 999 999

That's the number of Planck volumes the Observable Universe occupies. Our current scientific understanding doesn't recognize dimensions smaller than the Planck volume (a cube with sides of the Planck length, 10⁻³⁵ meters). There might be something smaller, but we haven't devised reasonable formulas for such sizes yet. So, around 10¹⁸⁵ or so is the largest number that can have any physical significance in principle.

The number consists of 186 digits, here it is: 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000

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