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Hubble telescope captures record distant star

The Hubble Telescope orbiting Earth. (Source: NASA)
The Hubble Telescope orbiting Earth. (Source: NASA)
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 5:53 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - After more than 30 years of discoveries, the Hubble Apace Telescope is adding another to its record -- the farthest star ever observed.

Nicknamed “Earendel” by its discoverers, the star’s light took 12.9 billion years to reach Earth. The discovery smashes the previous record, a star discovered in 2018 by Hubble that took 9 billion years for its light to reach the telescope.

Cat Viglienzoni spoke with NASA’s Dan Coe about the discovery and its significance.

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