The Pillars of Creation — visible and infrared comparison

This image compares two new views of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation captured by Hubble.

On the left the pillars are 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 right image is taken in infrared light, which penetrates much of the obscuring dust and gas and unveils a more unfamiliar view of the pillars.

Credit:

NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

About the Image

Id:heic1501c
Type:Collage
Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1501
Size:4320 x 2234 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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657 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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