Behold: The Pillars Of Creation

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A new, even higher definition composite photo of the (7000 light years distant) Eagle Nebula’s ‘Pillars of Creation’ taken by the (since massively upgraded) Hubble telescope, contrasted with a similar image taken by the array back in 1995.

Hubblesite sez of it:

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 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.

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19 thoughts on “Behold: The Pillars Of Creation

  1. medieval knievel

    don’t forget also that that is a ‘false’ colour image. the green channel in the image actually corresponds to a red wavelength in reality.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Hehe I do love the fact that because of all the dicking around with photos to make them easier to see/more visually interesting, the universe actually looks nothing like we think it does.

  2. Drogg

    When i see things like this i am in awe of how amazing our abilities as humans, to be able to collect such images deep from space. But then i remember all the f**kwitts down here on earth who would rather waste money and time developing weapons for war over small amounts of resources, then for creating the ability for us to gain new lands on new planets and extract their resources.

      1. Mark Dennehy

        LV426 is fictional.
        3554 Amun isn’t, and has an estimated $23 trillion in materials like platinum, cobalt, iron and nickle.
        But hey, who wants that, right?

      1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

        No I definitely have not no way what me? No. Silly. Scuse me: I have to go speak to that wall over there. Bye now.

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