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The star’s birth – an explosion that occurred just 520 million years after the ‘Big Bang’ makes the celestial body one of the earliest stars of the Universe.

The event known as a gamma ray burst  - a sudden blast of intense light - was just detected by NASA's Swift satellite in 2009 – implying that it took those light rays a record-breaking 13.14 billion years to reach earth.

Al Jazeera spoke to Dr Antonino Cucchiara to explain the phenomenon.

Source: Al Jazeera