The cosmic records we have are meant to be broken, but oh, have we ever gone so far.
The great cosmic abyss contains more that humanity can ever hope to see, including a slew of record-breaking objects.
In our Solar System, Eris is the most distant known dwarf planet: over 90 AU away.
For human-made creations, Voyager 1 is the most distant at 143 AU, or 0.23% of a light-year.
SWEEPS-04 and SWEEPS-11 are the most distant confirmed planets, some 27,000 light-years away.
For planets of any type, the quasar RX J1131–1231, lensed by rogue planets, holds the record: 3.9 billion light-years distant.
The most distant normal star is known as Icarus, 9 billion light-years away, lensed and magnified by a massive galaxy cluster.
23 billion light-years away is the most distant supernova ever seen: SN 1000+0216.
The most distant known quasar (and supermassive black hole) is ULAS J1342+0928, 29 billion light-years away.
The farthest gamma-ray burst, 30 billion light-years distant, is GRB 090423.
Finally, the most distant galaxy of all is GN-z11, a phenomenal 32 billion light-years away.
Our observable Universe, after beginning with a Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, has been expanding ever since.
As our observational techniques and technology improve, these records will likely all be shattered by future astronomers.
Mostly Mute Monday tells the astronomical story of an object, discovery, or phenomenon in images, visuals, and no more than 200 words. Talk less; smile more.Ethan Siegel is the author of Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology. You can pre-order his third book, currently in development: the Encyclopaedia Cosmologica.