James Webb Telescope discovers ‘cosmic vine’ of 20 connected galaxies sprawling across the early universe

James Webb Telescope discovers ‘cosmic vine’ of 20 connected galaxies sprawling across the early universe

Astronomers use James Webb Space Telescope James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) data has discovered a massive chain of at least 20 closely spaced galaxies from the early universe, and could reveal insight into how the most massive structures in the universe formed.

This massive structure — nicknamed the “cosmic vine” in a study published Nov. 8 in the Preprint Database arXiv It swoops through space in the form of an arc, estimated to be more than 13 million light-years long and about 650,000 light-years wide. (For our comparison milky way The galaxy is about 100,000 light-years across.) Astronomers discovered the massive tendrils of gas and galaxies while studying the James Webb Space Telescope’s observations of a region called Groth’s extended bar, located between the constellations Ursa Major and Potes.

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