Icarus, whose official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1, is the farthest individual star ever seen. It is only visible because it is being magnified by the gravity of a massive galaxy cluster, located about 5 billion light-years from Earth. Called MACS J1149+2223, this cluster sits between Earth and the galaxy that contains the distant star.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Kelly (University of Minnesota)
More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen.
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