NASA Unveils Eagle Nebula’s ‘Pillars of Creation’ In Stunning Image (Photo Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday released a spectacular image of the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. Notably, the newly revisited picture was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows the pillars in infrared light. The Eagle Nebula is part of a region of active star formation that's about 5,700 light-years away.
In a statement, NASA said, “Human eyes can see only a small portion of the range of radiation given off by the objects around us. We call this wide array of radiation the electromagnetic spectrum, and the part we can see visible light.”
“Here, the pillars are seen in infrared light, which pierces through obscuring dust and gas and unveil a more unfamiliar — but just as amazing — view of the pillars. The better-known image is of the pillars in visible light,” NASA added.
The US space agency further said, “In this ethereal view the entire frame is peppered with bright stars and baby stars are revealed being formed within the pillars themselves. The ghostly outlines of the pillars seem much more delicate, and are silhouetted against an eerie blue haze.”
Recently, Hubble Space Telescope, which belongs to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), has taken an image of a ‘Cannibal Galaxy’. The remarkable spiral galaxy is known as NGC 4651.
Hubble has also spotted the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. Yes, you read it right. The astronomers had detected quasars tsunamis ripping across galaxies. It is to be noted that Quasars are extremely remote celestial objects, emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy. Quasars contain supermassive black holes fueled by infalling matter that can shine 1,000 times brighter than their host galaxies of hundreds of billions of stars.