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The Most Distant Star

Photo by NASA, ESA, B. Welch (JHU), D. Coe (STScI).

The most distant star ever seen, Earendel, was recently discovered after being photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The star is an estimated 12.9 billion light years away, nearly 4 billion light years farther than the next known most distant star. Earendel was visible thanks to a rare alignment with another galaxy that functioned as a cosmic magnifying glass.

—Prepared by the World Tribune staff

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