The mythical “pillars of creation” revisited by the James Webb telescope

The region of sky dubbed “the Pillars of Creation” was observed in two infrared regions, (near left and mid right) by the Webb telescope. NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI)/ Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI)/Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

NASA’s giant telescope has been pointed at a region of the sky made famous by its predecessor Hubble.

NASA’s Large Webb Telescope, launched into space late last year by Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket, has been pointed at a corner of the sky made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope, dubbed ‘the Pillars of Creation’ . The splendid result gives two very different images, which offer a totally new look at what astronomers call stellar nurseries, large clouds of gas and dust where stars are born.

“These are long-awaited images, because it is an object, the Eagle Nebula, which had been observed by Hubble and which has become emblematic of this observatory, testifies Olivier Berné, CNRS astrophysicist at the Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (Irap), in Toulouse. The fact that these two Webb Telescope images are being pushed by NASA right now is clearly a nod to Hubble.”

The observed region has been dubbed “the Pillars of Creation” due to the shape of the three…

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