New view of the Pillars of Creation — visible

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revisited one of its most iconic and popular images: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars.

The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the intense radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars. With these new images comes better contrast and a clearer view for astronomers to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time.

Credit:

NASA, ESA/Hubbleand the Hubble Heritage Team

About the Image

Id:heic1501a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1501
Related announcements:ann1501
Size:6780 x 7071 px

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M 16, Messier 16
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:7000 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 18 52.72
Position (Dec):-13° 50' 21.97"
Field of view:4.53 x 4.72 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 35.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
657 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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