Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day - M16: Pillars of Star Creation
Posted on 12/06/2020 3:01:57 PM PST by MtnClimber
Explanation: These dark pillars may look destructive, but they are creating stars. This pillar-capturing image of the inside of the Eagle Nebula, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars' end, the intense radiation of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of dense EGGs exposed. The Eagle Nebula, associated with the open star cluster M16, lies about 7000 light years away. The pillars of creation have been imaged more recently in infrared light by Hubble, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and ESA's Herschel Space Observatory -- showing new detail.
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Always thought that looked more like star destruction.....
They must have had a red bias on the digital output to cause all those pink stars. Are those red stars in the pillars actually supposed to be in those gases/dust or are they shining through from behind?
Gumby (in the middle) is doing a square dance with Gumby Jr. (on the right).
The square dance caller on the left is a very tall and angry-looking caterpillar.
I see a cat to the left of the brighter pink star, and a one-eyed demon looking up from under that star.
The third pillar looks like a dementor...
The stars are actually light years in front of the pillars....the sheer size of this is just mind boggling
I am Groot!
I am not sure what they look like, but they seem to all be fighting over the same cheeseburger.
The cat just had to say ‘can I haz cheeseburger’...
...and then the fight started!
Wondering why they never show the original photos..
The Only place I’ve seen pink stars is in a box of Lucky Charms....😁
If there are creating stars,
Where’s the energy coming from?
Answer that one.
No way gasses can come together to form a solid.
It goes against Boyles gas law.
One of my favorite pictures from Hubble.
Allot of demonic faces in that photo.
The image was captured through 3 bandpass filters, Oiii (Oxygen 3), Ha (Hydrogen alpha) and Sii (Sulpher 2). The combination of these filters gives the light a pink hue. The stars superimposed on the dust columns are in the foreground.
This is made with what is called the Hubble color palette. None of the colors are true to nature. The colors were selected to make it easier for astronomers to interpret the image.
Looks like my basement.
“evaporating gaseous globules”
Too much Mexican food is usually the cause.
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