Picture of the Day: A New Glimpse of the 'Pillars of Creation'

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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In 1995 NASA's Hubble Telescope captured a glimpse of columns of gas and dust in the Eagle nebula, 6,500 light years away in the Serpens constellation. That image, called the "Pillars of Creation," became one of the most popular astronomical images of the 20th century. Those pillars are at the lower center of this new image, which shows infrared light captured by the Herschel Space Observatory and X-rays captured by the telescope XMM-Newton.

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Image: NASA.

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