the beauty of the infinite cosmos palled after a while. It was fine to start with, awe-inspiring and breath-taking and all the rest of it. You could spend all the time you liked staring at it, getting to know all the different types of stars, things like that. Wheatley didn't know their actual scientific names- observational astronomy was not part of his programming- but in the absence of official nomenclature he'd made up his own. You had your basic 'little twinkly ones'- they were probably a very long way away, even by star standards, and accounted for most of the stars he could see

so the context is Wheatley was stranded in space and had to look at the stars all the time. I understand everything else except "even by star standards", is it trying to say although normally stars are already far away from us, those were just even further? But it won't make sense because the sun is a star and it's not far away...

Thank you!!

  • What counts as a long way a way depends on your perspective. By ordinary standards, 25 trillion miles is a very long way, but there are no stars within that distance of earth - so the nearest stars are a long way away by ordinary standards, even though they are close by star standards. – Minty Mar 21 at 8:47

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