Apr 2, 2018

Most distant star yet discovered

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April 2 (UPI) — Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have observed the most distant star yet discovered.

Astronomers were trying to watch a gravitationally lensed supernova called Refsdal in the distant universe when they noticed an unexpected point source. The source turned out to be the universe’s most distant star. Astronomers dubbed it Lensed Star 1.

The star is located 8.3 billion light-years away in the same galaxy as the Refsdal supernova. The light imaged by Hubble showcases the star as it existed just 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang and the birth of the universe.

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