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The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away
by Lisa Grossman
4:51pm, July 11, 2017
MACS J1149

FAR OUT  The gravity of the huge galaxy cluster MACS J1149 bent the light from a bright blue star (one of the faint points of light just above and to the left of the super bright central star in this image), letting it reach us from 9 billion light-years away.

The most distant star ever observed has been spotted, and its light comes from across two-thirds of the universe. That puts the star a whopping 9 billion light-years away.

Patrick Kelly at the University of California, Berkeley and his colleagues found the star in Hubble Space Telescope images of a galaxy cluster called MACS J1149. In April and May 2016, Kelly and his team saw a mysteriously fluctuating point of light in the galaxy cluster’s vicinity.

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/most-distant-star-ever-spotted-9-billion-light-years-away?mode=topic&context=36
« Last Edit: July 17, 2017, 03:26:09 AM by rangerrebew »
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Re: The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 04:39:23 AM »
Shouldn't that be WAS 9 billion light-years away?

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Re: The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 11:23:52 AM »
Shouldn't that be WAS 9 billion light-years away?

Yeah, a star bright enough to be seen from that distance had to be a short lived monster.

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Re: The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 01:22:25 PM »
Shouldn't that be WAS 9 billion light-years away?

Probably. Unless the distance was adjusted to take into account the stars own movement over the last nine billion years. 

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Re: The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 01:27:22 PM »
Probably. Unless the distance was adjusted to take into account the stars own movement over the last nine billion years.

And the expansion of space itself.

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