Hubble goes high-def to revisit the iconic "Pillars of Creation"

January 5, 2015 10:51 PM

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Hubble goes high-def to revisit the iconic "Pillars of Creation"

The space telescope has captured a new visible-light portrait of the Eagle Nebula nearly 20 years later as well as a version in the near-infrared.

When Scowen and Hester used Hubble to make the initial observations of the Eagle Nebula in 1995, astronomers had seen the pillar-like structures in ground-based images, but not in detail. They knew that the physical processes are not unique to the Eagle Nebula because star birth takes place across t...

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