A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope image of a blue supergiant star named Icarus, the farthest individual star ever seen, is shown in this image released April 2, 2018. The panels at the right show the view in 2011, without Icarus visible, compared with the star's brightening in 2016. Photo: Reuters

This star is far out … literally, it’s like 9 billion light-years away

The star is nicknamed Icarus, after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax that melted. (The formal name is MACS J1149 Lensed Star 1)

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A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope image of a blue supergiant star named Icarus, the farthest individual star ever seen, is shown in this image released April 2, 2018. The panels at the right show the view in 2011, without Icarus visible, compared with the star's brightening in 2016. Photo: Reuters
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