NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning new image of the Pillars of Creation | Science and technology news
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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured a stunning image of the Pillars of Creation, the iconic array of newly forming stars made famous by an earlier capture in 1995.
Back then, it was the Hubble Space Telescope that took the picture, and it revisited the scene 19 years later.
The latest image shows the gas and dust pillars in their greatest detail yet, appearing like majestic rock formations from a sci-fi planet.
You are actually in the giant Eagle Nebula, 6,500 light-years from Earth.
According to NASA, the improved image quality will help astronomers identify more stars and more accurately count the amounts of gas and dust.
It was captured by the telescope’s near-infrared camera, the space agency added.
So you can see what is in the picture
Most notable about the image are the newly formed stars – these are the bright orbs you can see.
When nodes of sufficient mass form in the gas and dust columns, they collapse under their own gravity, slowly warm up, and eventually form new stars.
Another striking element of the image is the red wavy lines, almost like lava.
NASA says these are ejecta from stars that periodically launch supersonic jets that collide with the pillars.
These are among the youngest stars and are estimated to be only a few hundred thousand years old.
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