pillars of creation
Julie Hambleton
Julie Hambleton
November 12, 2020 ·  1 min read

Everyone Just Take A Minute And Look At This New Infrared Image Of The ‘Pillars Of Creation’

NASA has released a new infrared image of the Pillars of Creation and it is spectacular. This photo puts the pillars in a light that we’ve never really seen them before. (1)

Infrared Image of Pillars of Creation

In the heart of the Eagle Nebula are tower-like columns of cosmic dust and gas called the Pillars of Creation. Contained inside them are newly-born stars. (1)

Previously, all photos taken by Hubble show much of the gas and dust, but not much of the stars hidden within. (2) This new infrared image has allowed us to see through the gas and instead the tiny stars growing inside of them. (1)

Pillars of Creation
Image Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

In this light, the Pillars sit as beautiful silhouettes against a star-filled sky. The beauty of it is undeniable. (1)

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More Facts About the Pillars

Older images from Hubble show the gaseous state of the pillars. They are beautiful in their own way, largely due to the different colored gases. (2) These include (2):

  • Oxygen, which creates a blue color
  • Sulphur, which creates a red color
  • Nitrogen and Hydrogen, which create a green color
The most comprehensive visible-light picture of the Pillars of Creation, t
Image Credit: Hubble Space Telescope (2014). NASAESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)

Located about 7000 light-years from Earth, the pillars are about four to five light-years across. Most visible in July, you will need a large telescope in order to catch a glimpse of the Pillars of Creation yourself. (2)

As more advancements in space exploration and photography come up, expect to see more photos of this incredible formation, and others as well.

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