NASA astronomers: "Pillars of Creation" might also be "pillars of destruction"


Among the many breathtaking space photos captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, this one really stands out: the iconic image of the so-called "Pillars of Creation."

Taken in 1995, it revealed never-before-seen details of "three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula, or M16," according to NASA.

"In celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary in April, Hubble has revisited the famous pillars, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view. Although the original image was dubbed the Pillars of Creation, the new image hints that they are also 'pillars of destruction.'"

More about the new imagery here, along with super gorgeous scans.

[Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)]