If this doesn't serve as a reminder of the insignificance of Earth and its inhabitants in the grand scheme of things, then what else can?
If anyone has a good way of putting a distance of 13 billion light years into perspective, let's hear it.
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Cosmic blast sets distance mark
The cataclysmic explosion of a giant star early in the history of the Universe is the most distant single object ever detected by telescopes.
The colossal blast was picked up first by Nasa's Swift space observatory which is tuned to see the high-energy gamma-rays emitted from extreme events.
Other telescopes then followed up the signal, confirming the source to be more than 13 billion light-years away.
Scientists say the star's destruction probably resulted in a black hole.
"This gets us into a realm where we've never been before," said Professor Nial Tanvir, of the University of Leicester, UK.
"This is the most remote gamma-ray burst (GRB) ever detected, and also the most distant object ever discovered." ...