The most distant star ever to be discovered was recently located by astronomers using the Hubble telescope, with the research taking place at the University of Minnesota. The scientists were amazed upon realizing that it was an incredible 9 billion light-years away, a distance no other celestial body has ever achieved.
According to the Washington Post, the star's official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1, but it has affectionately been given the nickname Icarus by those who discovered it. Icarus is, of course, a famous character in Greek mythology who died after flying too close to the sun.
The discovery itself is said to have required the "fortuitous alignment of a massive galactic cluster". Essentially what happened was; this cluster managed to warp the starlight, thus bending it towards planet Earth while at the same time magnifying the star itself a total of 2000 times.
University of Minnesota astrophysicist Patrick L. Kelly gave a statement in which he details just how amazing the discovery of this star is, given that Icarus is 100 times more distant than any other lone star which has been detected in the past. Most times, the only phenomena that can be detected at such far distances are supernovas or entire galaxies.