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The Pillars Of Creation Haven’t Been Destroyed, After All

28 Feb 2018, 15:01 UTC
The Pillars Of Creation Haven’t Been Destroyed, After All
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This image compares two views of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation taken with Hubble 20 years apart. The new image, on the left, captures almost exactly the same region as in the 1995, on the right. However, the newer image uses Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed in 2009, to capture light from glowing oxygen, hydrogen, and sulphur with greater clarity. Having both images allows astronomers to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time.(WFC3: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team WFPC2: NASA, ESA/Hubble, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University))Images taken 20 years apart show the rate of evaporation, and they’ll take much more than mere thousands of years to destroy.In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of the most iconic images of all-time: the famed “Pillars of Creation” in the Eagle Nebula. One of the galaxy’s closest and most productive regions of active star formation, these pillars represent what’s left of the neutral gas that powers the creation of these new stars. But new stars aren’t just a cosmic signpost of creation; they also bring destruction with them. When you form new stars, a fraction of them will be massive ...

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