Meet Earendel: Hubble telescope’s distant star discovery gets a Tolkien-inspired name

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope just made a remarkable discovery, and they gave it quite a unique name.

A team of researchers led by Brian Welch, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, announced Wednesday (March 30) that, with observations from Hubble, they have discovered the most distant single star ever before seen. And, while the star’s technical designation is WHL0137-LS, they gave it a much catchier name: Earendel.

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