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The early universe is full of secrets.
Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers are able to peer further into the cosmic past than ever before.
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They also got a sharper look at the striking center of the galactic cluster: an ancient quasar.
Quasars are powerful, extremely bright objects that are fueled by a supermassive black hole gobbling up gas and dust.
The quasar at the center of this cluster is estimated to be around 11.5 billion years old.
It’s one of the most powerful known quasars for its age.
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Researchers think the region also holds a lot of dark matter since the three new galaxies orbit quickly around each other and are crammed together in space.
Dominika Wylezalek, study co-author, in a statement.