The Hubble Space Telescope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered the most distant star ever seen named ‘Icarus’. This huge blue star is located over halfway across the universe. It took nine billion years for the Icarus’ light to reach the Earth. The team including Jose Diego of the Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria in Spain and Steven Rodney of the University of South Carolina in the US named the star as ‘Icarus’ after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the Sun on wings of feathers and wax that melted.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and European Space Agency (ESA). The telescope is managed by the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland and the Hubble operations are conducted by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

NASA described gravitational lensing as a phenomenon that occurs when a massive cluster of galaxies acts as a natural lens in space, bending and amplifying light. Sometimes light from a single background object appears as multiple images. The light can be highly magnified, making extremely faint and distant objects bright enough to see.