James Webb Space Telescope Sees Ancient Black Hole Dancing With Colliding Galaxies

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers have observed the dramatic “dance” between a supermassive black hole and two satellite galaxies. The observations could help scientists better understand how galaxies and supermassive black holes grew in the early universe.

This particular supermassive black hole is feeding on surrounding matter, powering a bright quasar that is so far away that JWST sees it as it was less than a billion years after the Big Bang. The quasar, designated PJ308-21, is located in an active galactic nucleus (AGN) in a galaxy that is in the process of merging with two massive satellite galaxies.

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