Webb Space Telescope’s Quest for Primeval Black Holes

continues to work on commissioning the science instruments, the final step before starting science operations in the summer

The Webb Space Telescope team

areas of discovery that Webb is about to open is the search for primeval black holes in the early universe.

One of the most exciting

host black holes at their centers, with masses ranging from millions to billions of times the mass of our Sun.

Most (probably all) galaxies

of several billion solar masses, already in place when the universe was only about 700 million years old a small fraction of its current age of 13.8 billion years.

Black hole with masses

as at such early epochs there is not enough time to grow such hyper-massive black holes, according to standard theories.

This is a puzzling result,

black holes, resulting from the death of the very first generation of stars in the early universe, have accreted material at exceptionally high rates.

One possibility is that

Hubble telescope snaps trippy new view of two swirling galaxies