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Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'

HubbleSite NewsCenter Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic Pillars of Creation 01 05 2015 Release Images


Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Hubble has taken a new image of the well-known region in the Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light-years away.

It’s even more glorious than the first.

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These are phenomenal.

Here are the pillars in context (the above photos are from a small square in the center)

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Awesome and awe inspiring.

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