The Hubble Space Telescope has set a new record. The most distant star was detected at a distance of 12.9 billion light-years.
The basics in brief
- The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new star.
- The special thing about it: Its light travels 12.9 billion years to Earth.
- The discovery is a record.
The Hubble Space Telescope is developing research – Despite his advanced age.
his successor – «James Webb Space Telescope“- to hand in Already delivers the first photos. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Hubble Space Telescope is making headlines once again: He did it Discover a starIts light is 12.9 billion years old a land He is on the way.
This is a new record and a huge leap forward: the previous record holder was only four billion light-years away.
The new standard star may have had more than 50 times the mass of our sun. It burned out after a few hundred thousand years, the discovery team reported in the journal Nature.
Astronomers led by Brian Welch of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore named the star “Erndel”. This is, after an Old English word for the morning star.
Researchers were able to track down “Earendel” through Cosmic Support: Between the a land And the distant star A huge group of galaxies are located. As a gravitational lens, it magnifies a star’s light by a factor of over a thousand.
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