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The last time I saw countless stars in the night sky was when I was a boy. I was invited for a few days' stay-over during the summer break in a vast rural farm owned by the family of my childhood friend and city neighbor. The farm was far, far away from the bustles and smogs of the city. 
It was a moonless night and I saw streams of stars of all sizes and luminosity, perhaps the Milky way, which filled the deep-blue dome-like firmament. It was such a splendid, memorable sight in the night sky which I probably will never see again.
Today, I occasionally see one or two bright stars and quite a few lesser stars in the eastern night sky from my panoramic window in the city. Not anything like the countless stars I saw when I was a boy, but stars, nevertheless.
After all these years, it is still compelling to dabble in stars no matter how puerile, even naive, it might seem. 
The Old Testament of the Holy Bible essentially states the stars, along with two great lights, were made and set in the heavens by the omnipotent power of God to give light upon the earth; to divide the day from the night; for signs and for seasons; and for days and years. Towards the latter part of this Book, there are prophesies the stars will be darkened or fall from the heavens, together with the darkening of the sun and the moon, by the avenging wrath of God and eventually as punitive wrath of God against sinners.
Whereas the Old Testament is indeed too incalculable and ambiguous in time from the present civilization, yet there is not the slightest hint or proof such prophesies have transpired.
The New Testament cites a luminous star in the night sky moved across the heavens and guided the Three Wisemen unto the place of birth of Jesus, the Christ. In this I do believe  without the slightest doubt or any reservation. The Gospel of Matthew, Mark and Luke, individually attests Jesus Christ preached that at the end time, stars shall fall from the heaven, the sun and the moon shall be darkened and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. The Book of Revelation mentions 7 stars which are 7 angels in seven churches. In the latter part of the Book there is the prophesy that at the end time a star named Wormwood shall fall upon the earth to poison a third of the rivers and fountains of water in the earth. It is also prophesied, Ibid., that during the end time, a third of the stars in the heavens shall be smitten and darkened, along with a third of the sun and the moon, and so also shall there be only a third of day and night.
So, the Holy Bible attests stars do exist in the heavens by Divine Omnipotent Power.
In this generation, it is only fitting to credit the scientists and astronomers, both living and dead, for the present knowledge of a star(s).
So far all humankind's knowledge of stars are based on a collection of scientific data, essentially through astronomical instruments (telescope, spectroscope, lumen meter, photography, etc.) mathematics and computers. At best, these data are ambivalent, if not unreliable, due to certain original limitations and inadequacies and therefore do not make the present knowledge factual but largely theoretical.
Science theorizes a star is a huge, massive luminous spherical soup of the components (ions) of gases (H2, He) disintegrated by extremely immense temperatures. The soup is called plasma. The ions, which otherwise would have dispersed wildly into space, are held together by the gravity within the sphere. The Sun in the Solar System is the nearest star to earth. From the right vantage point on earth during a clear dark night, the heavens can be full of countless stars, called constellation or asterisms, each star is like the Sun, but they only appear as luminous points because of their enormous distances.
Science goes on further to theorize the extremely immense heat of a star is produced by thermonuclear fusion of Hinto He and thence radiated into outer space. Last but not least, science claims astronomers can determine the evolution and fate of a star from its stellar motion, temperature, spectral properties and most importantly its calculated mass.
Here is where logic and wisdom dictate the blast from a rocket booster is massive and at extremely immense temperature because anybody or anything that goes into it will undoubtedly burn into cinder. This is not data from astronomical instruments, photography, computer or mathematics but a known and proven fact.
But what about Astrology, upon which the 12 signs of the Zodiac were based, hundreds of years BC? Also, what about the mythologies (mostly Greek mythology) whence constellations were named, to name a few: Andromeda, Aquarius, Cassiopeia, Hercules, Pegasus, Taurus, others.
Was there truth in each myth (especially Greek mythology) which caused the stars to cluster together into a constellation to bear testimony of the myth? In other words, did the constellation come forth from the myth? 
Or did certain humans at some point in their lives draw and joined the stars in the constellation with lines, formed a figure from their induced imagination, and then named the figure by which a constellation is known today?
Only a trek to the stars will truthfully answer star queries. However, despondingly indeed, such trek necessitates leaving the frail human body behind.