NASA Releases New High-Definition Photos of the Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ From 1995
In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope captured the “Pillars of Creation” photograph, one of the most iconic images of space ever. This photo depicts tall columns called “elephant trunks” composed of interstellar gas and dust within the Eagle Nebula, 6,500 light years from Earth. Two decades later, NASA again captured photographs of the pillars, this time using a camera with higher resolutions installed on the Hubble telescope in 2009. In the new, high-definition images, the pillars appear almost unreally clear.
On its website, NASA writes:
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.