USA/ISRAEL - Farthest Star Ever Seen from Earth

Arno Froese

The Hubble Space Telescope detected the farthest individual star seen to date in a collaboration that included researchers from Ben Gurion University.

The newly discovered star existed within the first billion years after the Big Bang and provides insight farther back in time than we previously had after Hubble discovered a star in 2018 that existed when the universe was about four billion years old.

“We almost didn’t believe it at first, it was so much farther than the previous most-distant,” said astronomer Brian Welch of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Massive cosmic bodies can sometimes bend spacetime and essentially act as a lens in the sky.

“The lensing phenomenon opens a door to learn about dark matter and distant galaxies,” according to BGU’s Prof. Adi Zitrin, one of the study’s lead researchers.

The star, named Earendel (“morning star” in Old English), is believed to be at least 50 times the mass of the sun and millions of times brighter.

Astronomers believe that Earendel will remain visible for many more years, giving them a chance to study it further. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be used to observe it because its sensitivity makes it the ideal tool to observe the distant star.

-www.jpost.com, 2 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

The statement, “it was so much farther than the previous most distant,” simply reveals that the previous was considered scientific fact, but in reality, was only hypothetical opinion. 

The article was sub-headlined, “The star existed during the first billion years after the Big Bang.” One item of theoretical science is replaced by another. So, how big is the universe? Obviously immeasurable. 

The wisest man ever on earth stated: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27). We also think of the 84 questions God asked Job; for example, “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” (Job 38:33).

We note the word Earendel, meaning “morning star.” This reminds us of the real “I am … the bright and morning star” (Rev 22:16b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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