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)
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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