The previous record-breaking star was spotted in 2018 by Hubble. But the latter was in a universe 4 billion years old, about 900 million years after the Big Bang for Erendel, researchers say. The discovery was published Wednesday in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.
“We do not believe it”
“At first, we didn’t believe it,” Brian Welch, a leading author at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, said in a statement. He had the privilege of naming this star: Earendel means “morning star” in Old English. The researcher explained that this star “existed a very long time ago and could not have been made of the same raw materials as the stars around us today.”
“Studying Erandale will provide a window into an era of the universe that is unfamiliar to us, but it has led to everything we know today,” he added. This star will be the target of choice For the new James Webb Space Telescope, Is currently being measured in space. The European Space Agency (ESA), which operates the telescope with NASA, said in a statement that James Webb would observe the new star this year.
As the sound of an object moving away murmurs, the wave of light lengthens slightly and travels from the frequency visible to the naked eye to the infrared wave. Unlike the Hubble with a small infrared capability, James Webb works only at these wavelengths, and allows us to go even further backwards.
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