NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures Universe’s most distant star ‘Earendel
Earendel is a star whose host galaxy is now 28 billion light-years away.
Notably, the star is sometimes addressed by its official name WHLo137-LS.
The pic was shared on the Cosmic Spring JWST Twitter handle, which is managed by astronomers who uploaded pics from JWST on August 2.
The world’s most powerful observatory James Webb Telescope has recently captured the most distant star ever observed ‘Earendel’.
The $10 billion dollar Hubble Space Telescope spotted the oldest star earlier this year.
According to space.com, the ‘Earendel’ star has been named after a figure in J.R.R.
Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel ‘The Silmarillion’. It was identified in a Hubble Space Telescope deep field photograph thanks to gravitational lensing.
Interestingly, research states that it took 12.9 billion years for the light emitted by Earendel to reach the Hubble.
The image includes a foreground star situated in the Milky Way, along with the six spikes that have become recognisable in JWST photographs.
This is caused by diffraction spikes that are produced by the telescope’s physical design.
A small red arc includes our star, which is a little red dot that can be seen along the so-called Sunrise Arc.