So, what happened to the missing stars? Not much. So says this article in ScienceDaily.
Estimates about the total number of stars in our general vicinity are notorious for being much lower than what calculations suggest the number should be.
New stars are born in the Universe around the clock — on the Milky Way, currently about ten per year. From the birth rate in the past, we can generally calculate how populated space should actually be. But the problem is that the results of such calculations do not match our actual observations.
That is, of course, if you are calculatin’ correctly. It’s all about perception.
In cooperation with Dr. Carsten Weidner from St. Andrews University, Dr. Pflamm-Altenburg and Professor Dr. Pavel Kroupa, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Bonn, may now have found the solution. It seems that so far, the birth rate has simply been overestimated. But this answer is not quite as simple as it sounds. Apparently, the error of estimation only occurs during periods of particularly high star production.
Just when you think you know. You don’t. I like that you still try. It’s all we got.
Still, it’s a point that a ton of amateur fringe lovers should remember. It’s not known unless It’s fucking known.