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Webb Might Have Stumbled Upon The Very First Stars Of The Universe: Report

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In the Adam Sandler movie Spaceman (2024), Czech astronaut Jakub Procházka, in a race against time with the South Korean mission, reaches the Chopra clouds that a mysterious guest on his probe reveals were the first particles of the universe. Wrestling against solitude and abandonment with trauma from his youth, the spaceman finds the answer to life’s poignant questions on the pale blue dot as he enters the particulate sea of rhe Chopra cloud; a metaphor for the cosmic dawn. Ever since the discovery of the interstellar pillars of creation (nebulae), cosmologists have been vying to get a glimpse of the very first light that emerged from the big bang. The very first stars that illuminated the void will probably help solve the origin of the universe (and life). With the US$9.7 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched in 2021, we seem to be closer than ever. The latest discovery by the JWST seems to suggest that the mission might have stumbled upon evidence for the first generation of stars besides a supermassive blackhole, the most distant one yet.

The eyes of the mission were trained at the designated galaxy, GN-z11 which was earlier discovered in 2015 by the Hubble Space Telescope. The GN-z11 is considered to be the farthest galaxy known to mankind and was the prime candidate for JWST’s quest for the first light of the universe. According to NASA, the GN-z11 existed when the 13.8 billion-year-old known universe was 430 million years old. The evidence gathered by Webb’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) suggests a supermassive blackhole in the GN-z11 galaxy that weighs about 2-million solar masses. Meanwhile, a second team found a clump of helium in the halo encompassing the galaxy with the aid of Webb’s NIRSpec (Near-Infrared Spectrograph). In the theories and simulations, this was something the scientists expected to be found around massive galaxies during these epochs that these pockets of pristine gas may collapse and form Population III star clusters, which are the first generation of stars formed entirely from hydrogen and helium. Astronomers anticipate these stars to be super massive, super luminous,and super hot. Read more on the ongoing research here.

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