Thursday, March 30, 2023

Hubble’s Inside The Image: Earendel—Most Distant Individual Star Ever Seen

Hubble’s Inside The Image: EarendelMost Distant Individual Star Ever Seen

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken over 1.5 million observations over the years. One of them is the breathtaking image of the star known as Earendel.

The star is positioned along a ripple in spacetime that gives it extreme magnification, allowing it to emerge into view from its host galaxy, which appears as a red smear across the sky.

With this observation, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has established an extraordinary new benchmark: detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the Universe’s birth in the Big Bang (at a redshift of 6.2)—the most distant individual star ever seen.

In this video, Dr. Brian Welch explains this fascinating phenomenon of nature, and goes over how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.

Video Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

Producer & Director: James Leigh

Editor: Lucy Lund

Director of Photography: James Ball

Additional Editing & Photography: Matthew Duncan

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films 

Hubble Space Telescope Animation

Dark Matter Gravitational Lensing Animation

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen), A. Fujii, Robert Gendler, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Panther Observatory, Steve Cannistra, Michael Pierce, Robert Berrington (Indiana University), Nigel Sharp, Mark Hanna (NOAO)/WIYN/NSF

Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds

Release Date: March 30, 2023

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