I’m having way too much fun making cheese sci-fi cartoons.
I was determined to use Blender’s Star feature for this, despite all I’d heard about it being buggy. It is. I gave up on that plan. However, STARS was useful in generating a star field that I could further manipulate in Gimp. Then mapping that to the inside of a giant sphere - worked pretty well! You can see the repetition if you look for it.
Still loving Blender Internal for its speed.