Webb glimpses Earendel, the farthest known star

The James Webb Space Telescope has sighted the most distant known star in the universe, which was predicted by scientists using Webb’s predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, just a few months ago.

The star, named Eendelafter a character from JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Silmarillion”, was discovered thanks to gravitational lens in a The Hubble Space Telescope deep field image. The star, whose light took 12.9 billion Light years reach Earthis so weak that it can be quite difficult to find it in the new James Webb Space Telescope image, which was posted to Twitter on Tuesday August 2 by a group of astronomers using the account JWST Cosmic Spring (opens in a new tab).

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