Let’s you Collect about the James Webb Telescope. This time, James Webb Telescope Captures a New iconic ‘Pillars of Creation. The James Webb Space Telescope captured a highly detailed snapshot of the so-called Pillars of Creation, a vista of three looming towers made of interstellar dust and gas speckled with newly formed stars.
The region, located within the Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light-years from Earth, was previously captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, producing an image considered “iconic” by space observers.
“Newly Formed Protostars Are Scene Stealers,” reports a news release from the European Space Agency. “When clumps of enough mass form between the gas and dust columns, they begin to collapse under their own gravity, gradually heat up and eventually form new stars.”
Since Hubble first imaged the area in the 1990s, astronomers have returned to the scene several times. ESA’s William Herschel Telescope, for example, has also captured images of distinct star birth regions, and Hubble produced its own follow-up images in 2014. Each new instrument that sets its sights on the region gives researchers new insights, according to ESA.
“The pillars have wavy lines along their edges that look like lava. These are emissions from stars that are still forming. Young stars periodically shoot out jets that can interact with clouds of material, such as this thick column of gas and dust,” a news release said.