Hubble telescope uncovers farthest star ever seen

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Astronomers have set a new distance record by uncovering the farthest star ever seen.

Through a quirk of nature called “gravitational lensing,” it allowed the Hubble telescope to use distant galaxies like a cosmic magnifying glass to see what’s beyond.

NASA says the star is so far away, it has taken 9 billion years for its light to reach Earth.

They named the star “Icarus,” after the Greek mythological character who flew too close to the Sun on wings made of feathers and wax that melted.

Icarus is a blue supergiant, which is much bigger, hotter and brighter than the Sun.