Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'

Related Images

Kepler 1625b A Hubble Sky Full of Stars Hubble Catches a Transformation in the Virgo Constellation Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere Hubble Friday - Heavy Metal Stars Hubble Gazes at a Cosmic Megamaser Hubble sees the beautiful demises of dying star Hubble views a spectacular supernova with interstellar material over 160,000 light-years away A Close Look At Pluto Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star NGC-2174 in Multi-Band-Color  Heritage Hubble Spotlight on Irregular Galaxy Hubble Spots a Secluded Starburst Galaxy Hubble sees tangled threads weave through cosmic oddity Hubble Uncovers a Mysterious Hermit Hubble Spies Spiral Galaxy Hubble Spins a Web Into a Giant Red Spider Nebula Hubble Peers into the Storm Arp 91 Hubble bubble, toil and trouble...

License: Creative Commons - Attribution
Author: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image. Astronomers combined several Hubble exposures to assemble the wider view. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall. The dark, finger-like feature at bottom right may be a smaller version of the giant pillars. The new image was taken with Hubble's versatile and sharp-eyed Wide Field Camera 3. The pillars are bathed in the blistering ultraviolet light from a grouping of young, massive stars located off the top of the image. Streamers of gas can be seen bleeding off the pillars as the intense radiation heats and evaporates it into space. Denser regions of the pillars are shadowing material beneath them from the powerful radiation. Stars are being born deep inside the pillars, which are made of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust. The pillars are part of a small region of the Eagle Nebula, a vast star-forming region 6,500 light-years from Earth. The colors in the image highlight emission from several chemical elements. Oxygen emission is blue, sulfur is orange, and hydrogen and nitrogen are green. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Read more: NASA image use policy. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission. Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Find us on Instagram


Select Image Size
Square 75X75 View Download
Large Square 150X150 View Download
Thumbnail 96X100 View Download
Small 230X240 View Download
Small 320 307X320 View Download
Small 400 384X400 View Download
Medium 479X500 View Download
Medium 640 614X640 View Download
Medium 800 767X800 View Download
Large 982X1024 View Download
Large 1600 1534X1600 View Download
Large 2048 1964X2048 View Download
X-Large 3K 2946X3072 View Download
X-Large 4K 3927X4096 View Download
X-Large 5K 4909X5120 View Download
X-Large 6K 5891X6144 View Download
Original 6780X7071 View Download