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Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ captured in new Webb image

Update : 23 Oct 2022, 13:25

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured the iconic Pillars of Creation, where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust.

The James Webb telescope shared a mesmerising look of pillars that are 6,500 light years away.

Webb’s new view of the Pillars of Creation were first made famous when imaged by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 and then again in 2014.

The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are far more permeable. These columns are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust that appear – at times – semi-transparent in near-infrared light, NASA said.

The twinkling of thousands of stars illuminates the telescope's first shot of the gigantic gold, copper and brown columns standing in the midst of the cosmos.

These “young stars periodically shoot out supersonic jets that collide with clouds of material, like these thick pillars,” the US space agency added.

According to a statement of NASAA, "The ends of several pillars are bright red, lava-like spots. These are ejections from stars that are still forming," only a few hundred thousand years old."

The "Pillars of Creation" are located 6,500 light years from Earth, in the Eagle Nebula of our Milky Way galaxy.

 

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