New data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has stumped scientists. JWST recently spotted six galaxies from our universe’s infancy that are very different from other galaxies from the same era. Instead of being small and populated with young blue stars as scientists predicted, these six “impossible” star systems are 50 times more massive and contain older red stars.
Astronomers will focus JWST back on these galaxies to collect the light spectra to determine physical and chemical properties of these puzzling star systems. Once the spectra are obtained, scientists will be able to ascertain how much of our current theories revolving around the start of our universe need to be updated.
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The James Webb Space Telescope discovers enormous distant galaxies that should not exist
Webb spots surprisingly massive galaxies in early universe
Webb Telescope Finds Evidence of Massive Galaxies That Defy Theories of the Early Universe
The Webb telescope finds surprisingly massive galaxies from the universe’s youth
A population of red candidate massive galaxies ~600 Myr after the Big Bang
JWST has found MASSIVE galaxies in the early Universe which we can’t explain (YouTube)
Astrophysicist explains why JWST HASN’T “disproved Big Bang theory” | Night Sky News Aug 22 (YouTube)