Why are Stars Star-Shaped?

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Paper on diffraction through the lens of the human eye:
“Shape of stars and optical quality of the human eye” by Rafael Navarro and M. Angeles Losada, Vol. 14, No. 2/February 1997/J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

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