Space

James Webb captures Stellar Portrait of Pillars of Creation

By Aazam

The Pillars of Creation, one of the Hubble Space Telescope's most recognisable sights, have recently been seen in a fresh, near-infrared perspective thanks to NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

In previous photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, the outstretched fingers of this cosmic hand appear thick and impenetrable due to an abundance of dust

But Webb's new view of the Pillars shows a multitude of red stars that are still forming thanks to JWST's infrared sight, which easily cuts through opaque space dust

The James Webb photograph gives the surrounding sky which is also heavily dusted—a particularly clear and sharp appearance

The larger Eagle Nebula, a vast star-forming region about 6,500 light-years from Earth, contains many smaller features in addition to The Pillars of Creation.

The Eagle, an opaque cloud of cosmic dust and glowing red hydrogen ions, was created by the explosion of a star about 5.5 million years ago

JWST, we now have a previously unheard-of view of the cosmic hens that live within the Pillars of Creation