Why is space black?
This question is commonly referred to as Olber's paradox, after Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers (damn, that's a German name!), though he was certainly not the first to propose it and it really isn't a paradox. It was apparently none other than Edgar Allan Poe who was first to put forward the solution that the universe is of finite age and that light is of finite speed, though the idea took a rather long time to gain support.
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