The Pillars of Creation in 3D
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have created an amazing 3D image of the iconic 'Pillars of Creation', a 7000 light years-distant region of the Eagle Nebula made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1990s. They publish their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to create the new visualisation. It shows the distribution of the pillars in space, revealing new details like a previously unseen jet from a young star.The scientists used the
The new observations demonstrate how the different dusty pillars of this iconic object are distributed in space and reveal many new details, including a previously unseen jet from a young star. Intense radiation and stellar winds from the cluster’s brilliant stars have sculpted the dusty Pillars of Creation over time and should fully evaporate them in about three million years.
For more details see the full ESO press release.
The research appears in A. F. McLeod et al., "The Pillars of Creation revisited with MUSE: gas kinematics and high-mass stellar feedback traced by optical spectroscopy", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press, published by Oxford University Press.
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