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Revisiting the Pillars of Creation

This image, looking much like a backdrop of a Sci-Fi movie, is a recent, actual snapshot of the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years away from us.

In time for the 25th anniversary this year since its launch, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recaptured the famous “Pillars of Creation” with sharper eyes.

Since the original images were taken nearly two decades ago, the telescope has been equipped with upgrades that enable us to see far more detail than before. The photograph shows an active region where stars are created inside gas and dust. The “pillar” is formed by a denser area on the top that casts a shadow below.

The Eagle Nebula, or Meisser 16, is a “young” (5.5-million-years old) cluster of stars. It has several other active star-forming regions in addition to the Pillars of Creation region.

Photo credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

Photo credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

To learn more about Hubble’s “Pillars of Creation” image, watch Hubblecast, New View of the Pillars of Creation:

 

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Lynn Kimlicka

I am a scientist-turned writer and editor, who loves to read and write (more than doing experiments). I have a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a specialization in structural biology. My interests range widely, from life sciences to pop culture and arts to music. I am bilingual in English and Japanese.

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