Astronomers have used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to identify a string of 10 galaxies appearing to be connected by a thread, which they say existed 830 million years after the Big Bang.
On Thursday, NASA said on its website that galaxies gather in clusters, but also into “vast interconnected filamentary structures with gigantic barren voids in between.”
The cosmic web that astronomers recently discovered was pulled together by gravity over time, making it more distinct.
The recent discovery was found by the ASPIRE project which studies cosmic environments of the earliest black holes. The project plans to study 25 quasars that existed within the first billion years after the Big Bang, which occurred about 13.8 billion years ago, according to the American Museum of Natural History.
The middle circle in the image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, shows a bright quasar. (NASA, ESA, CSA, Feige Wang (University of Arizona), and Joseph DePasquale (STScI))
In an image posted to NASA’s website, eight circled galaxies appear to be in a straight line. The anchor point appears in the middle of the three circles on the right of the image. In the middle circle is a bright and vibrant quasar.
“These unprecedented observations are providing important clues about how black holes are assembled,” Jinyi Yang of the University of Arizona and leader of the black hole study with ASPIRE, said. “We have learned that these black holes are situated in massive young galaxies that provide the reservoir of fuel for their growth.”