James Webb telescope finds 'vanishing' galaxy from the dawn of the universe

By Manish Choudhary

The James Webb Space Telescope has located the early galaxy AzTECC71, situated at a vast distance, making it challenging for telescopes to consistently observe.

AzTECC71 is seen as a blurry, dust-obscured entity in an image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing its appearance just 900 million years after the Big Bang.

Despite the image's lack of clarity, it provides valuable insights into the early universe, suggesting potential dustiness, which could reshape understanding of the universe's evolution since the Big Bang.

The discovery challenges previous assumptions and implies the existence of a population of galaxies previously hidden from observation.

AzTECC71, initially identified as a light blob by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii, is known for forming hundreds of new stars annually.

The James Webb Space Telescope's infrared capabilities enable it to peer through dust clouds, uncovering galaxies that were previously difficult to detect.

Before the JWST, a significant portion of these galaxies remained invisible to telescopes like Hubble, contributing to a bias in our understanding of galaxy evolution.