Pillars of Creation, Eagle Nebula


The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revisited one of its most iconic and popular images: the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the glow of gas clouds, dark cosmic dust, and the nebula's pillars of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that act as incubators for new stars. The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars. The improved contrast and clearer view of this feature in space will give astronomers an opportunity to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time. The Eagle Nebula is about 7000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens.

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