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Hubble Space Telescope spots most distant single star ever seen

The most distant single star seen yet dates back to less than 1 billion years after the universe’s birth in the Big Bang, and may shed light on the earliest stars in the cosmos, a new study finds.

The scientists nicknamed the star “Earendel,” from an Old English word meaning “morning star” or “rising light.” Earendel, whose technical designation is WHL0137-LS, is at least 50 times the mass of the sun and millions of times as bright.

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