Icarus Star

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ICARUS STAR

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Gravity makes a “magnifying glass”

out of the space that it causes to bend —

a cosmic telescope that can surpass

those on or around the Earth, and extend

our visual range by two thousand fold,

with a billions of light years focal length,

allowing us to see a star so old,

nine billion years ago, it shone full strength.

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And that’s how far we’ve looked into the past

to see a star dead for billions of years.

Blue supergiants burn hot and live fast,

too passionate to hold their atmospheres.

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Icarus soars beyond moderation

in legend and, now, our observation.

 

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/hubble-uncovers-the-farthest-star-ever-seen

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