Webb telescope discovers the first recorded merger between two large black holes

The Webb Space Telescope recently made a remarkable discovery of the earliest known merger of black holes. This groundbreaking finding marks the most distant detection ever made of merging black holes, according to scientists who reported their findings on Thursday.

One of the black holes involved in the merger is 50 million times more massive than our sun, while the other is believed to be similar in size but surrounded by dense gas, making it more challenging to measure. This discovery sheds light on how supermassive black holes can grow so rapidly, even at the beginning of the universe.

The latest research, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, indicates that mergers may be responsible for the rapid growth of black holes. According to lead author Hannah Ubler of the University of Cambridge, massive black holes have played a crucial role in shaping the evolution of galaxies from their earliest stages.

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched in 2021 as NASA’s successor to Hubble Space Telescope and is currently conducting its first observations from a position 1 million miles away from Earth. It is an ambitious joint U.S.-European project that is reshaping our understanding of the cosmos and providing valuable insights into some of the mysteries that still surround us today.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department is supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group, which has provided content related to this discovery.

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