The Pillars of Creation as seen by the Hubble Telescope (left) and the Webb Telescope (right).
The Webb Space Telescope has imaged what could be the most iconic target ever. Pillars of Creation, the monumental arm of the Eagle Nebula.
The pillar is named for its size. They are light-year long tendrils of gas and dust that stretch like the great fingers of the cosmic hand. A recent image taken by Webb’s near-infrared camera (NIRCam) highlights the bright red spots of new star births.
The little red dots at the ends of the pillars are baby stars that are only a few hundred thousand years old. According to the web teamThe red lava-like streaks in the clouds are emissions from the forming star. These nascent gas spheres send out jets of material that collide with the gas in the column, causing the energetic hydrogen molecules in the system to glow.
These pillars lie within the Eagle Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas about 6,500 light-years from Earth. The size of the entire nebula is about 70 light years by 55 light years. The Pillar of Creation is an arm about 5 light-years long of the larger structure.
The Pillars of Creation as seen through the Webb Telescope.
Although the nebula was discovered in 1745, the Pillar only became world-famous when its brilliant details were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. Hubble then re-imaged the site in visible light in 2014. An infrared view of the web, it’s clear how dazzling the new image is. (You can also check out the full resolution uncompressed versions of these images directly From the Space Telescope Science Institute.)
The pillars (brown and muddy in Hubble’s view) appear bright and orange to Webb. The background of gas and deep space changes from an opaque turquoise to a dazzle of stars shining through a sea of lapis lazuli gas. This is because Webb’s image highlights the hydrogen atoms in the gas, which glow with blue light.Webb telescope’s infrared eye penetrate dense clouds of dust and gaswe can see a previously unknown region of star formation.
Webb’s angle captures Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam Triggered by the arrival of a giant pillar. This image also serves as a reminder of how dynamic space can be, even on a large scale.
In the coming months, Webb plans to take more images that will make him a leading researcher on how stars are born. how galaxies evolve, the oldest light we can see,Furthermore The structure of the closest planet to us.
You can always keep track of what Webb is watching thanks to This handy Twitter botOf course, keywords like “white dwarf” and “spiral galaxy” do nothing to justify the celestial bodies they describe. The majesty of space defies explanation, especially as seen through Webb’s palantir.
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