Hubble Space Telescope Captures Stunning New Image Of The Pillars Of Creation

January 7, 2015


Note: Larger, even more breathtaking full-res version HERE.

To celebrate 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope space telescoping (since 1990!), astronomers had it turn its attention to the Pillars of Creation, one of Hubble's most iconic subjects, to capture this higher-definition version. Man, that middle pillar kinda looks like a penis with a ruby for an eyeball.

Stars are forming deep inside the towering structures. The light-years long columns of cold gas and dust are some 6,500 light-years distant in M16, the Eagle Nebula, toward the constellation Serpens. Sculpted and eroded by the energetic ultraviolet light and powerful winds from M16's cluster of young, massive stars, the cosmic pillars themselves are destined for destruction. But the turbulent environment of star formation within M16, whose spectacular details are captured in this Hubble visible-light snapshot, is likely similar to the environment that formed our own Sun.

Damn, the pillars themselves are light-years tall? That is very, VERY hard for me to comprehend. Also -- if I have my grocery store savings card and it says with my card something is 2/$7.00, does that mean I can still get one for $3.50, or do I have to get two for the savings? I always do just in case, but I'm still not convinced I HAVE to. I feel like they're trying to trick stupid people into buying more. "Sounds like it's working." I don't even know what you're trying to say, but I do know I don't like the way you said it.

Thanks to Melissa, who's convinced Hubble has taken pictures of aliens that NASA refuses to release because everybody will lose their shit.

  • Jai Mico

    Off Course! They look like two Cocks! Now I get it "Pilars of Creation" Genius

  • S.M. Archer

    It looks like a 4 fingered evil hand reaching for something, but that tiny little pinky, you know it ain't packin' heat.

  • Whoos awewusits

    I see... a camel on its knees humping a wolf humping a coyote. MIiiiike! mike! mike! mike! mike! mike! Guess what day it is?

  • shashi

    Very Dalíesque. The first column looks like a chestburster shaped penis with Dalís face protruding from the balls. The second column looks like a howling penis with wolf ears. The third column looks like a penis made of smoke. The start menu looks like a rectangular penis. This desk is a cheap ikea penis. My hand looks like a penis. My penis looks like a ... wait a minute.... my bad, i forgot to take the anti-penisvision medication.

  • da1nonlysage

    Top-right "pillar" looks like Space Dandy's silhouette

  • Urszula Koczyńska

    I wonder if we really could see those things firsthand, could we stand it mentally? It is of course very beautiful, but seeing something so big and majestic could be dangerous to mental health. The same with aliens ;)

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Seeing it from close wouldn't be the same. Imagine seeing a beautiful mountain. Now imagine putting your eyes 1mm close to the mountain. All you see is the zoom of a rock, might be interesting if you are a geologist but even they would probably agree that seeing the whole is prettier.

  • shashi

    "...but seeing something so big and majestic could be dangerous to mental health..."
    That's what she said
    Yeah after she finished laughing and pointing

  • If I had one wish, it would have been to be born in a time where I could visit places like this and see them firsthand. Our existence is so young and there will come a time where we interact and see things like this as if we were going to the beach. This is so incredible. I love the Hubble site and all the amazing images they host there, its humbling.

  • $18889437

    If you were right in front of this, the likelihood that it would appear like this is a crap-shoot. So much of the hubble imagery are enhanced versions of the visible light spectrum and a lot of what is seen in these photos would be completely invisible to the naked eye.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Its the most disappointing thing in the world to see the visible light spectrum versions of these.

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