Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lucky Strike

Does today's Astronomy Picture of the Day show us the furthest star ever detected? Thanks to gravitational lensing, the Hubble Space Telescope (still ticking along!) may have spotted a supergiant 100 times further away than any previously detected star.

Note the dates: first image on the right, 2011. Second image on the right, 2016. Astronomers are swimming in data. Perhaps this is another case where "citizen science" as well as AI would be of assistance?

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