Will higher pixel count lead to smoother skies?

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Will higher pixel count lead to smoother skies?
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I'm not a beginner, per se, but on this question I think I have beginner-level understanding, so help a guy out.

I've shot Nikons since the 60s, and Nikon DSLRs for some years now, D70-D300-D7200. I only use my my work on the computer, so I had not seen any need for super-high pixel counts. But there is one problem that I can't seem to lick. I take a lot of sky photos, and I am very sensitive to any noise or "grain".

Each of the upgrades from D70 to D300 to D7200 obviously had a big increase in pixel count, and with each I got a marked reduction in noise/grain.

I retired not long ago, and the wife and I are traveling the country in a motorhome. Finally, I have time and opportunity to take all the photos I want. With my increased activity has come an increased frustration with the things that are still not "right", and noise/grain is at the top of the list.

Accordingly, I've considered going to a full-frame, high-pixel-count DSLR, like the Canon EOS 5DS, Nikon D810, or the Nikon D850, if it ever ships.

I know most of the pros, cons, and details of these cameras. What I don't know is a straight answer to my main question: will I get *marked* reductions in noise/grain, especially in skies, by making the jump from 24MP APS-C format to 36-50MP full-frame? If so, will there be a big difference between the 36MP and 50MP?

Obviously, I'm talking about possibly going to a whole new system, a major expense. I would appreciate your advice as to whether I am likely to gain the results I seek.

Canon EOS 5DS Nikon D810 Nikon D850
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