The James Webb Space Telescope has discovered a highly compact galaxy that formed soon after the Big Bang and displayed an impressive star formation rate. It is the latest in a series of discoveries that showcase the telescope’s capabilities and its potential to rewrite our understanding of the universe. The $10 billion telescope is expected to launch in October 2021 and will be the most powerful and advanced space telescope to date. Its ability to detect light that has been emitted from the universe’s earliest galaxies will allow astronomers to study the universe’s evolution and hopefully find clues to the origins of life. This new finding adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests star formation in the early universe was more vigorous than previously thought.
Today: December 10, 2023