The James Webb telescope may have spotted stars powered by dark matter

If they exist, dark stars could offer insight into dark matter and early star formation

A montage of images from the James Webb Space Telescope showing a wide collection of stars.

Galaxies, some seen as they were in the universe’s first few hundred million years, fill this montage of images from the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey. The white bands mark where no images have been taken.

NASA, ESA, CSA, JADES Collaboration

The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted objects in the early universe that might be a new kind of star — one powered by dark matter.