NASA Hubble Telescope Captures Spectacular New Image of the 'Pillars of Creation'

January 6, 2015 1:16 PM

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spectacular new image of the iconic view of the "Pillars of Creation," giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light of young stars. The new image reveals never-before-seen details of the three giant gas columns.

The Pillars of Creation are located in a small region of the Eagle Nebula, also known as M16. While this feature is common in star-forming regions, the M16 structures are by far the most photogenic and evocative. In this case, Hubble took images both in near-infrared light as well as visible light. ...

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