The Webb telescope captured a tangle of galaxies from the early universe

The Webb telescope captured a tangle of galaxies from the early universe

The James Webb Space Telescope has released its second impressive image in two days. It is not as beautiful as the Pillars of Creation , but is no less important, as it captures the “tangle” of at least three galaxies formed around the quasar 11.5 billion years ago – only 2 billion years after the Big Bang.


The telescope’s sensors were able to show that the galaxies not only revolve around each other at a high speed of about 700 kilometers per second, but also that this is one of the densest places where early galaxies formed. The density is so high that scientists believe there is a region of influence of dark matter.

The quasar also has unusual characteristics – it does not emit the spectrum of light familiar to quasars. Such objects serve as galactic centers, powered by gas orbiting supermassive black holes at the core.

Scientists are still at the very beginning of the analysis of data from these galaxies. Scientists believe that further study will allow a better understanding of how networks of galaxies formed and the influence of quasars on the birth of stars.

Since past studies of this region have only represented a quasar and one galaxy, scientists think that the Webb telescope is also not able to detect all the galaxies around the quasar.

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