Astronomers discover two most distant stars ever observed in Milky Way

July 11, 2014 1:47 PM

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A new discovery suggests that the boundaries of the Milky Way galaxy may need to be redefined as we understand them, with the discovery of two new stars announced Thursday.

The stars – classified by astronomers as ULAS J0744+25 and ULAS J0015+01 — are approximately 775,000 to 900,000 light-years away from our planet, five times more distant than the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. When light left from J0015, our early human ancestors had just learned how to make fires.

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