yes, it can. In any case, if you were not aware of what smart elementary school students know, in one second light travels a distance 7.5 times around our planet, which in one year, or one light year (LY), is nearly 6 trillion miles. The three stars closest to us, in the Alpha Centauri system, are 25 trillion miles away.
Can you believe that our best minds, even with the Hubble and other high tech tools, aren't sure of the shape of our Universe? (That omega symbol represents the critical density of the cosmos.)
Event Horizon Telescope, and point this system to the middle of our galaxy and hope to succeed in making the first photograph. Wait, a minute, if black holes are at the middle of any galaxy and we can see many of them, why hasn't anyone ever taken a photo of one? Even if they are invisible, just the absence of everything should be a good a shot as any. Anyway, these are three speculations.
Beginning with all the above, it is remarkable what we do know. Most of us, when we look into a clear sky at night, even with binoculars, only see space and twinkles. I still marvel at how Galileo Galilei 400 years ago detected planet Neptune (below). I have difficulty with Saturn and its rings, and I have a Celestron. Galileo, incidentally, while being harassed by the Roman Inquisition, lived to the age of 77 when the life expectancy in those days was in the lower 40's.
As a helpful aside, the closest real galaxy to ours is Andromeda (right--certainly looks like ours), 2.5 million light years away, which you can actually barely see as a tiny fuzzy blur if you know where to look. Here is something frightening: in four billion years, our two galaxies will collide. Actually, not so scary, because the space between each star is so vast that they will all co-exist within a larger galaxy.
We are all then in the Virgo Cluster of 300 Local Groups (up to 2000 galaxies--and each has from 100 billion to a trillion stars), around 110 light years across. As there are, perhaps, 100 billion to a trillion galaxies, there should then be from 10 to the 22nd power to 10 to the 24th power stars in the sky.
R. Brent Tully of the University of Hawaii and Helene Courtois of the University of Lyon, then went on to identify a supercluster of 100,000 galaxies, and named it Laniakea, Hawaiian for immeasurable Heaven.