Webb Space Telescope’s eerie Pillars of Creation image has all the Halloween vibes
“Thousands of stars that exist in this region disappear from view.”
We need a dark image of a famous space dust formation for Halloween.
The famous Pillars of Creation have once again been captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, this time looking deep into the mid-infrared. The dust clouds loom in front of a red-hued background and seem to shine with blue undertones.
The tens of thousands of stars that are present in this region vanish from view, and apparently infinite layers of gas and dust take center stage, according to a statement released by the European Space Agency on Friday, October 28.
According to experts, dust is a crucial component for star formation and aids researchers in understanding how the structure, which is around 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens, formed and evolved.
“In these compact blue-gray pillars, many stars are actively developing. When knots of gas and dust with enough mass develop in these places, they start to collapse under the pull of gravity, slowly heat up, and finally give birth to new stars “In the same statement, ESA officials noted.
The column-like clouds in interstellar space were first spotted by the venerable Hubble Space Telescope a generation ago. The 1995 picture has been reviewed multiple times by this observatory, which is still operational and in good shape. However, Hubble and Webb are tailored to various kinds of light.
That is also the difference between the two most recent images: the Mid-Infrared Instrument picture from Webb comes after an image from its Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) that was published earlier this month. Due to Webb’s larger mirror and deep-space station, both photographs also reveal the pillars in considerably greater detail than is possible with Hubble.
According to a NASA release at the time, the NIRCam image displays the structure of the cloud as well as countless stars that were born just a few hundred thousand years ago but were unseen in earlier photographs.
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