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‘Galactic spiderweb’ is dotted with feeding black holes (photo)

Black holes amid the Spiderweb galaxy (J1140-2629) shine in this image based on data from several telescopes. (Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/P. Tozzi et al; Optical (Subaru): NAOJ/NINS; Optical (HST): NASA/STScI)

Scientists have spotted a cluster of rapidly growing black holes that offer a glimpse at something called “cosmic noon.”

NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory has captured images of 14 supermassive black holes feasting on nearby material during a time when the black holes and galaxies they inhabit underwent “extreme growth,” the agency said in a statement (opens in new tab). That period of growth, nicknamed “cosmic noon,” occurred about 3 billion years after the Big Bang. These black holes were spotted in a cluster of galaxies known as the Spiderweb protocluster.

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