NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a detailed image of the «Pillars of Creation» — a collection of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light-years from Earth.


The Pillars of Creation was first photographed by the Hubble Telescope in 1995. The new frame will help researchers update their star formation models by determining a much more accurate number of newly formed stars, as well as the amount of gas and dust in the cluster.

Photo from Hubble (1995) — on the left, from James Webb — on the right / NASA

Scientists believe that about 6,000 years ago, a supernova exploded in the area of ​​the Pillars of Creation, which destroyed this cluster. Given the huge distance, it will be possible to see some changes from the Earth only after a thousand years.

The name “Pillars of Creation” was given to this cluster because the gas and dust in it are involved in the process of the formation of new stars with the simultaneous destruction of clouds under the light of already formed stars.

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