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January 9, 2015

The "Pillars of Creation" in Visible and Infrared Light

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From Bruce Sterling:

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"Pillars of Creation" is a photograph taken by the Hubble Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years from Earth.

They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by photoevaporation from the ultraviolet light of relatively close and hot stars that have recently formed.

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[via NASAESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AUR) via thedemon-hauntedworldhubblesite.org, and spaceplasma]

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