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Hubble discovers farthest star ever seen

Techstination feature for Thursday, April 7, 2022

Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.   I’m Fred Fishkin.        It has been nicknamed Earendel….old English for morning star.   And it was discovered by the Hubble space telescope that has been probing the universe for more than thirty years.   The significance?  NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Padi Boyd…

“It is the farthest single star that we have ever been able to observe.   And the light from this single star left that object when the universe was about a billion years old, maybe even younger.   Right now we’re at 13 point 8 or so billion years old.   So we’re really looking at a baby picture of a star from the very early universe.”

A phenomenon called gravitational lensing helped to make the discovery possible.  And stay tuned…with Hubble’s new companion…the James Webb Space Telescope about to begin work as well.

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