BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Pillars of strength



One of Hubble’s most iconic images, the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation unveils the multicolou­red glow of gas clouds interspers­ed with wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust. Originally captured in April 1995 (see inset), the new image was released almost 20 years later. It captures more detail on the rust-coloured elephant trunks of the nebula’s legendary pillars. The dust and gas in these is seared by the radiation from nearby young stars. The nebula is 7,000 lightyears away.

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