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NASA celebrates Halloween. Pillars of Creation stars

They are, just in the world, very effective. For the upcoming Halloween, NASA decided to create the right atmosphere by sharing a photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope in the mid-infrared range. With a little imagination, you can see ghosts or other scary creatures on it.

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This painting impresses with its detail and color, although its scientific value cannot be overlooked. There are also significant differences between the image taken in the near-infrared range (using the NIRCam instrument) and the image taken in the mid-infrared range by MIRI. In the second we can see a huge number of stars, while the first is almost completely devoid of them.

The Pillars of Creation are approximately 6500-7000 light years from Earth

The most visible stars are young and surrounded by layers of gas. Their opposites are blue, older objects that have shed their outer layer. The darkest shades of gray represent the densest part of the gas clouds, while the red background is the interstellar gas of the Milky Way. It’s not dense enough to block out all light, but enough to cover distant galaxies.

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The Pillars of Creation are approximately 6500-7000 light years from Earth. Their iconic photo was taken in 1995 by the Hubble Space Telescope. That telescope returned to observing its target in the following years, and the James Webb Space Telescope also turned to it, as we reported last week.

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