Zoom into Pillars of Creation

This video zooms from a ground-based view into a three-colour composite mosaic image of the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16), based on images obtained with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, finishing on the new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.

The image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars.

The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the intense radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars. With these new images comes better contrast and a clearer view for astronomers to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time.


NASAESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

About the Video

Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1501
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M 16, Messier 16
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation

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