Key idea: The James Webb Space Telescope managed to capture images of Earendel, the most distant star in the universe.
Original author and publication date: Micah Hanks (The Brief) – August 4, 2022
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: We can now see the distant past. One day we will also see the distant future
From the article:
In its latest newsworthy achievement, the James Webb Space Telescope has produced images of Earendel, the most distant known star in the universe. The images arrived following the announcement of the star’s discovery earlier this year by Webb’s predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope.
According to NASA, the enigmatic Earendel “is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth,” giving astronomers a glimpse at how it looked when the universe was less than a tenth of its current age. Previously, the smallest objects that have been observed at comparable distances were entire clusters of stars that astronomers believe to be embedded within some of the universe’s earliest galaxies.
The discovery was made with the help of gravitational lensing observed in deep field imagery obtained by Hubble, and due to its great distance, Earendel appears only faintly in the new Webb images.
The previous single-star record holder was also detected by Hubble back in 2018, hailing from the universe as it existed when it was just 4 billion years old.