A team at the Johns Hopkins University unearthed a remarkable finding from the data captured by the James Webb Space Telescope: a cluster of galaxies merging around a rare red quasar within a ‘monster’ black hole.
The extremely red quasar, known as the SDSSJ165202.64+172852.3, is among the “best candidates” for supermassive black holes, according to the team. They’re also hosted by massive galaxies. The high-redshift quasar was captured by the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) aboard the JWST. The finding is extraordinary – it offers an opportunity to study how billions of years ago galaxies merged to form the modern universe.