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A star is reborn: how Hubble astronomers saw the earliest light

A star is reborn: how Hubble astronomers saw the earliest light

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Mostly, the telescope gives us images of nearby galaxies in intricate detail, but those of distant galaxies are very murky indeed.

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Astronomer Brian Welch and his team, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, discovered the star while hunting for hints of the earliest galaxies.

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These galaxies are very hard to see, and the team chose to examine a selection of images from the Hubble looking for clues.

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Astronomers aren’t newcomers when it comes to observing ancient light. Just this week it revealed incredible pictures of a galaxy as it was, half a billion years before Earendel.

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Although this surpasses what we expected Hubble could do, it isn’t as remarkable a feat as resolving a single star, and when you see the shapeless smudge of that early galaxy,

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In detective fiction, the sleuth uses a magnifying glass to study evidence left at the crime scene, moving the lens to magnify the clue.

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