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The Pillars of Creation Are Depicted in a Spectacular Image Acquired by JWST

James Webb Space Telescope keeps posting stunning pictures of the cosmos

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: The iconic Pillars of Creation, where new stars are forming beneath dense clouds of gas and dust, have been imaged by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as a lush, extremely realistic environment.

The three-dimensional Pillars of Creation mimic lovely rock formations despite being far more permeable. In near-infrared light, the cold interstellar gas and dust that make up these columns can occasionally appear semi-transparent.

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Webb’s new view of the Pillars of Creation, which NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope first made famous when it imaged them in 1995, will help researchers in revising their models of star formation by identifying much more precise counts of newly formed stars as well as the quantities of gas and dust in the region.

They will gradually learn more about how stars form in these dusty clouds over millions of years before exploding out of them.

JWST clicked the stunning picture of the Pillars of Creation

A breathtaking view of the Pillars of Creation. Photo Credit: NASA/ESA
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In addition to the pillars’ breathtaking beauty, astronomers have been eager to see them from the JWST’s perspective because of the activity they harbor. These objects are what are referred to as stellar nurseries, which are dusty clusters in nebulae where newborn stars are born.

This happens when spinning knots of dust collapse due to gravity and begin to gather more dust from the surrounding cloud. The picture was first recorded by Hubble in 1995, and it was revisited in 2014. However, other observatories have also given this region their full attention.

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Each state-of-the-art tool gives researchers new knowledge about this region, which is practically bursting at the seams with stars. The expansive Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light-years away, is depicted in this closely cropped photograph.

However, JWST’s image of the Pillars of Creation reveals fresh information and is much more potent than any of these sensors. For instance, the red areas visible at the points of the Pillars are proof of young stars that are ejecting dust.

This process causes shocks, which result in heat that can be seen as infrared thermal radiation. Together, Hubble and Webb will showcase the universe across different light wavelengths, as stated by NASA.

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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