Astrophysicists discover a novel method for hunting the first stars

A recent study has discovered a novel method for detecting the first-generations stars, known as Population III (Pop III) stars, which have never been directly detected. 

We Finally Know What Turned The Lights on at The Dawn of Time

According to data from the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes, the origins of the free-flying photons in the early cosmic dawn were small dwarf galaxies that flared to life, clearing the fog of murky hydrogen that filled intergalactic space.

A Close Look at a 13 Billion Year Old Galaxy Reveals It Shouldn't Exist

NASA's new space telescope spotted a 13 billion-year-old galaxy that is much too complex to exist that early in the Universe.

JWST Caught a Hidden Galaxy Like Our Own Growing at The Dawn of Time

The gigantic galaxies we see in the Universe today, including our own Milky Way galaxy, started out far smaller.

JWST Reveals a Surprise Twist in Black Hole And Galaxy Formation

The beginning of the Universe has always been something of a chicken-and-egg problem. Did stars and galaxies form first, with black holes slowly coalescing in their midst? Or did black holes appear before the first galaxies?

JWST detects specific emission during the Epoch of Reionization for the first time

An international team of astronomers has detected for the first time H-alpha emission in individual galaxies during the so-called Epoch of Reionization, or cosmic dawn. 

The Oldest Known Black Hole

Astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have detected the earliest known black hole. Located more than 13 billion light-years away, it dates to a mere 400 million years after the Big Bang.

Oversized Ancient Galaxy Isn't What Astronomers First Thought

Discovered in 2013 as the source of rampant star formation just 880 million years after the Big Bang, a 'galaxy' named HFLS3 is not a galaxy at all. HFLS3 is actually six galaxies undergoing an epic, giant collision at the dawn of time.

JWST Has Found A Young Galaxy With A Surprising Amount of Metals

Astrophysicists working with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have found a surprising amount of metal in a galaxy only 350 million years after the Big Bang.

Webb Telescope Spots the Second Most Distant Galaxy Yet

A recent deep field image from the Webb Space Telescope features two galaxies. These galaxies are remarkable for their distance from Earth, being the second and fourth most distant galaxies ever observed.

Oldest black hole found, and it may solve a cosmic mystery

Two NASA space telescopes teamed up to scrutinize a distant galaxy and discovered something mind-boggling: a gargantuan black hole inside a galaxy that’s more than 13 billion years old. 

Most distant galactic magnetic field yet

Astronomers detected the most distant galactic magnetic field so far. The galaxy is called 9io9. Its light has to travel travel more than 11 billion years to reach us, from a time when the universe was a young 2.5 billion years old.

Astronomers confirm the faintest galaxy ever seen

The galaxy, called JD1, is seen as it was when the universe was only 480 million years old, or 4% of its present age.

Webb sees carbon-rich dust grains in the first billion years of cosmic time

This observation suggests exciting avenues of investigation into both the production of cosmic dust and the earliest stellar populations in our Universe, and was made possible by Webb’s unprecedented sensitivity.

Scientists spot earliest supermassive black hole

Scientists have detected an active supermassive black estimated to have been created 570 million years after the Big Bang.