JWST is looking for the 1st supermassive black holes

Even NASA’s Next-Generation Space Observatory can’t 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 visible in the first science-grade images of the James Webb Space Telescope (nicknamed JWST or Webb) that NASA unveiled on July 12. Although supermassive black holes themselves are invisible to all observatories that collect light, JWST will be able to observe the structures indirectly.

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