The James Webb Space Telescope appears to have imaged a wormhole spinning in the “Phantom Galaxy,” a place scientists believe may contain a black hole at its center. Image by Judy Schmidt/NASA
July 22 (UPI) — NASA’s latest Deep Space Telescope continues to shock astronomers and amateurs with stunning new images captured from the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The James Webb Space Telescope appears to have imaged a wormhole spinning in the “Phantom Galaxy,” a place scientists believe may contain a black hole at its center.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years now and [Webb] Data is new, different and exciting,” Judy Schmidt, who processed raw NASA data into a stunning photo of the phantom galaxy, told Space.com. “Of course I’ll make something of it.”
The latest images come as the telescope — a $10 billion behemoth six times more powerful than its predecessor, the Hubble Telescope — braves the depths of space on its first series of missions.
Based on the new images, a team of scientists from the University of Manchester now believe the early Universe could have contained up to 10 times more galaxies similar to ours.
One of the study’s co-authors, Professor Christopher Conselice, told the BBC the new telescope will be able to show scientists the nature of objects “that we knew existed but didn’t understand how and when.” they arose”.
“We knew we were going to see things that Hubble didn’t see — but in this case, we’re seeing things differently,” Conselice said.
“These are the processes we need to understand if we want to understand our origins,” said Conselice, who will present his discovery in the UK on Saturday. “This could be the most important telescope of all time – at least since Galileo.”
Scientists around the world remain amazed as they view mountains of data from the Webb telescope. Two independent teams recently said they may have found the origins of the universe.
“This is the oldest galaxy we’ve ever seen,” tweeted Paul Byrne, associate professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, who is on one of the teams.
“It was spotted with early release [James Webb] dates and is sufficiently redshifted to have formed just 300 million years after the Big Bang – meaning it is 97.8% as old as the Universe.”
The James Webb Telescope has been sending images from space since early July. At 21 feet in diameter, its primary mirrors are almost three times larger than the Hubble, which was launched in 1990.