The Hubble Space Telescope’s new view of the Pillars of Creation, a star-forming region in the Milky Way, is giving scientists a close look at how this iconic cosmic structure has changed over time.
Astronomers first used Hubble to snap detailed images of the pillars, which are part of the Eagle Nebula, in 1995. The nebula is 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. Now, a camera installed aboard Hubble in 2009 has taken another look at the region, revealing its glowing gases in greater detail.
The images below compare the new (left) and original (right) views of the Pillars of Creation. The new view was presented at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle and helps to kick off the celebrations of Hubble’s 25th year in orbit.