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In a stunning new image, NASA's James Webb Telescope captures the iconic "Pillars of Creation"

BP World Bureau | Oct 20 2022 02:06:09 PM
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The classic "Pillars of Creation" have been captured by NASA's powerful James Webb Telescope in a lush, extremely realistic setting. Three towers can be seen in the distance, sometimes seeming semi-transparent in near-infrared light. They are comprised of interstellar dust and gas. The image shows how much interstellar dust surrounds these pillars and how thick it is.

The famous creation is located in the enormous Eagle Nebula, 6,500 light-years away. The Pillars of Creation were initially recorded by NASA's Hubble Telescope in 1995, and it was done so again in 2014.

Newly formed stars are the scene-stealers in this image, NASA said in a press release. "When knots with sufficient mass form within the pillars of gas and dust, they begin to collapse under their own gravity, slowly heat up, and eventually form new stars."

Explaining the wavy lines that look like lava at the edges of some pillars, NASA said that "These are ejections from stars that are still forming within the gas and dust. Young stars periodically shoot out supersonic jets that collide with clouds of material, like these thick pillars. This sometimes also results in bow shocks, which can form wavy patterns like a boat does as it moves through the water."

NASA previously uploaded a photo of the Bubble Nebula, a cosmic bubble wrap. The Hubble Space Telescope of NASA took the picture. The cosmic bubble wrap is located in the constellation Cassiopeia, 7,100 light-years from Earth. One of the most well-known star bubbles is the Bubble Nebula.