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Hubble revisits the Pillars of Creation; snaps them in high-def

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If you have seen this image earlier, it would be the one shot back in 1995 by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and now Hubble has revisited the famous Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation to capture it in high-definition.

Back in 1995 when Hubble shot images of the Pillars of Creation, we managed to get a sneak-peak at never-before-seen details of the giant columns of gas, but with the latest snaps we are getting even clearer, more stunning, and detailed image of these beautiful structures formed by cold hydrogen and dust.

Structures like the Pillars of Creation aren’t an uncommon thing in space, but the ones in Eagle Nebula are considered the most photogenic and evocative till date. The latest high-definition images captured through the newly fitted Wide Field Camera 3 shows of not only the famous pillars but also captures multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks.

Hubble Telescope Pillars of Creation

Alongside the visible-light image, Hubble has also sent out an image taken in infrared light and without the dust and gas we can see a hotbed of star formation.

These Pillars of Creation are actually on their way out owing to the fact that the intense radiation from the young stars forming within them are blowing off and eroded the dust and gas.

“We have caught these pillars at a very unique and short-lived moment in their evolution,” says Paul Scowen of Arizona State University.

If you look at the top edge of the left-hand pillar you will be able to see a gaseous fragment heated up and flying away. “These pillars represent a very dynamic, active process,” Scowen said.

“The gas is not being passively heated up and gently wafting away into space. The gaseous pillars are actually getting ionised (a process by which electrons are stripped off of atoms) and heated up by radiation from the massive stars.