The US space agency NASA has published a new photo of the “Pillars of Creation”, a space object located in the Eagle Nebula. The image was again taken by the James Webb Space Telescope and shows clumps of dust and gas in the star-forming region.
The new image was taken with the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which is best suited for observing clouds of gas and dust in great detail. This helps the study of younger stars that have not yet destroyed the accretion of matter around them. In the photo, they appear as bright red dots on the edges of the “pillars”. The bright blue stars in turn absorbed most of the dust around them.
“The Pillars of Creation is a celestial object composed of a collection of gas and dust located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the Eagle Nebula. It got its name from the formation of new stars from dust and gas that are destroyed in the light of existing luminaries. The first pictures were taken in 1995 by the Hubble telescope.
Last week, NASA released an image of the Pillars of Creation (above) taken with the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam). This made it possible to make the clouds partially transparent and to see the protostars and jets with shock waves more clearly. Researchers say the resulting images will open new frontiers in the study of star formation.