Astronomers identify the most distant star ever observed

Astronomers identify the most distant star ever observed
Courtesy of CNN

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified the most distant star ever observed, according to CNN.

“Icarus,” as it is known, is nine billion light years from Earth.

That means that the light from the images captured by Hubble was emitted nine billion years ago — and is just now reaching Earth.

CNN reports Icarus is so far away from our planet that it previously wasn’t visible.

Astronomers are only able to see it now because its light was magnified by the gravitational pull of a huge, neighboring galaxy cluster.