NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Observes The Farthest Star Ever Seen

Documented in a new study led by Johns Hopkins University PhD candidate Brain Welch and published in the scientific journal Nature, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a star estimated to be 28 billion light-years away—making it the most distant one ever seen. Named Earendel, this 12.9-billion-year-old cosmic object happens to be millions of times brighter than our solar system’s Sun, and …

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10 Pioneering Women Who Helped Shape Jazz “These jazz women were pioneers, and huge proponents in disseminating jazz and making it a global art form,” Hannah Grantham (musicologist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture) tells The New York Times, whose list of 10 overlooked women through the genre’s history includes pianist Lovie Austin, trumpeter Valaida Snow and violinist Ginger Smock. Though …

Hubble Space Telescope’s Zoom Through the Lagoon Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope has turned 28 years old—and everyone has received a birthday gift. To honor the groundbreaking, traveling documentarian, NASA has released a zoom and flythrough video of the Lagoon Nebula. About 4,000 light-years away, the Nebula centers around the million-year-old Hershel 36 star—which happens to be “200,000 times brighter and eight times hotter than Earth’s sun.” It’s an exquisite area with a …