JWST is on the hunt for the 1st supermassive black holes

Even NASA’s next-generation space observatory can’t manage to see supermassive black holes directly, but that doesn’t mean astronomers can’t use its data to better understand the mysterious behemoths.

The opportunities are even on display in the first science-quality images from the James Webb Space Telescope (nicknamed JWST or Webb) that NASA unveiled on July 12. Although super massive black holes proper are invisible to all observatories that gather light, JWST will be able to observe the structures indirectly.

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