James Webb’s New Images of “Pillars of Creation” Reveals Details Never Seen Before!
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured one of the most stunning images yet; it’s the lush and highly detailed landscape of the iconic Pillars of Creation, a place where new stars form within immense clouds of gas and dust. Want to know what he’s discovered?
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The pillars of creation are a star formation composed mainly of dust and gas; these are so named because of their peculiar pillars shape that extends into a vacuum full of stars.
Although the pillars seen in 3D look like majestic rock formations, they are semitransparent clouds. These columns are made up of cold interstellar gas and dust that sometimes appear semitransparent in near-infrared light; the pillars of creation are dust that moves and expands; these are located within the eagle nebula, which lies within the constellation Serpens.
These cannot be seen with the naked eye or with amateur telescopes. To see them, it is necessary to use professional telescopes, which is why the Hubble Space Telescope captured the first images we obtained of this formation.
The first time the Hubble telescope captured detailed images of the pillars of creation was in the visible light spectrum, where dark clouds surrounded by a greenish gas could be seen, giving the impression that it is a science fiction landscape.
Years later, with the help of the Very Large Telescope (VLT), another image of the same region was taken, but this time in the infrared light spectrum, using the VLT’s ISAAC camera; in this new image, it was possible to see the first time a vast number of stars that were hidden by gas and dust.
Thanks to this, it was discovered that this area was a “star nursery,” a place where gas and stellar dust accumulate by the effects of gravity to create new stars like the sun, hence the name of this formation, pillars of CREATION.
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