The Pillars of Creation — 1995 and 2015 comparison

This image compares two views of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation taken with Hubble 20 years apart.

The new image, on the left, captures almost exactly the same region as in the 1995, on the right. However, the newer image uses Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed in 2009, to capture light from glowing oxygen, hydrogen, and sulphur with greater clarity.

Having both images allows astronomers to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time.

Credit:

WFC3: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

WFPC2:  NASAESA/Hubble, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

About the Image

Id:heic1501d
Type:Observation
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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Oiii
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502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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