Hubble visible-light view of the Pillars of Creation
Date: 16 January 2012
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Messier 16
Copyright: NASA/ESA/STScI, Hester & Scowen (Arizona State University)
This 1995 Hubble Space Telescope image of the 'Pillars of Creation' is probably the most famous astronomical image of the 20th Century. Taken in visible light using a combination of SII/H-alpha and OIII filters, it shows a part of the Eagle Nebula where new stars are forming. The tallest pillar is around 4 light-years high.
Last Update: 1 September 2019