Astronomers Report Discovery of Star 9 billion Light-Years Away

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Astronomers have reported the discovery of MACS J1149 Lensed Star 1, nicknamed Icarus, the farthest known star at 9 billion light-years away.

MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star-1 was found in the course of studying the supernova SN Refsdal with the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Light from the star was emitted 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang. According to co-discoverer Patrick Kelly, the star is at least a hundred times more distant than the next-farthest non-supernova star observed, and is the first magnified individual star seen.

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