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Pillars of Creation #DS-44

The Pillars of Creation is one of the most famous images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image shows the elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, specifically the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light years from Earth. They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed. The pillars are 4-5 light years tall while the Eagle Nebula is 70 by 55 light years across. This image is a composite of visible and infrared.