Icarus (star)

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Icarus is the popular name for a blue supergiant star, that was the most distant star yet to be detected.[1] It was found at approximately 9 billion lightyears.

In March 30, 2022, Earendel, an even more distant star was discovered, that was 12.9 billion lightyears away from Planet Earth.[1] Both stars were only detectable through exploiting naturally forming Gravitational lenses, caused by the mass of massive galactic clusters that lie between Earth and the target star.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Move over, Icarus. Hubble finds Earendel, the farthest star from Earth, PBS Newshour, 2022-03-30. Retrieved on 2022-03-30. “The previous record-holder, Icarus, also a blue supergiant star spotted by Hubble, formed 9.4 billion years ago. That’s more than 4 billion years after the Big Bang.”