Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'

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    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image.

    Astronomers combined several Hubble exposures to assemble the wider view. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall. The dark, finger-like feature at bottom right may be a smaller version of the giant pillars. The new image was taken with Hubble's versatile and sharp-eyed Wide Field Camera 3.

    The pillars are bathed in the blistering ultraviolet light from a grouping of young, massive stars located off the top of the image. Streamers of gas can be seen bleeding off the pillars as the intense radiation heats and evaporates it into space. Denser regions of the pillars are shadowing material beneath them from the powerful radiation. Stars are being born deep inside the pillars, which are made of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust. The pillars are part of a small region of the Eagle Nebula, a vast star-forming region 6,500 light-years from Earth.

    The colors in the image highlight emission from several chemical elements. Oxygen emission is blue, sulfur is orange, and hydrogen and nitrogen are green.

    Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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    1. Stephen S... 51 months ago | reply

      The scale is truly mind-blowing. THANK YOU NASA for sharing these images with us.

    2. pelinser at. 51 months ago | reply

      Indeed, thank you Nasa for sharing this. I had read some news about this, but I cannot get tired of admiring the scene. It is certainly one of the most beautiful images I have ever seen.

    3. agent1320 51 months ago | reply

      Fantastic !

    4. Pascal Guercio 51 months ago | reply

      Fantastica Foto...

    5. tend2it 51 months ago | reply

      Iconic shot !

    6. Lensflair101 (offline) 51 months ago | reply

      Amazing image, it looks like the hand of God reaching out...

    7. t r e v y 51 months ago | reply

      Besides getting lost in the beauty of this, the immense size is fascinating to try comprehend... Ironically, it reminds me of what the beginning of life must look like the moment of conception—at a microscopic level.

    8. Berimart 51 months ago | reply

      It´s really amazing!!

    9. rafael_alv 51 months ago | reply

      Es una foto fantástica!

    10. anonymoususer39 51 months ago | reply

      ...Eternal-unversal-being

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      Non credo in Dio, ma questa situazione di immensità senza fine è divina!...

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      Machine for new stars

    14. tom sakurai 36 months ago | reply

      It's full of stars...pretty amazing

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