In 1995, the Hubble telescope took one of the iconic images in history, revealing a pool of swirling star matter which featured intense color. Scientists called the formations Pillars of Creation. A new photo of the same target zone was taken with the help of a modern tool, highlighting a dance of destruction and creation.
Known as the Pillars of Creation, the area consists of a mixture of gas and dust that can be found in the Eagle Nebula, at a distance of more than 6,000 light-years away from Earth.
The new photo was taken with the help of a sophisticated infrared light camera that was mounted on the Hubble Space Telescope. Several agglomerations of hydrogen dust and gas gave been observed within the image. As time flows, they become heavier due to the continuous accumulation of mass, becoming protostars.
New images of the Pillars of Creation
Some protostars will continue to gather gas and dust, boosting their mass until a critical point is reached. If the right conditions will surface, a nuclear spark is ignited, marking the transitions towards a new star that will shine in the void. Within the new image shared by NASA, it is quite easy to observe that the fabled pillars are fading as a region of new stars continues to expand at a fast pace.
The "Pillars of Creation" are one of the most iconic sights in our universe — but you've probably never seen them like this.
— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) April 7, 2020
Intense activities are taking place near the top of the most massive pillar as a generous amount of blue radiation can be observed along with young stars, which are still in the early stages of formation. It is theorized that the expansion of the stars, which are closest to the clouds of materials leads to the release of additional radiation, which destroys the clouds in the long run.
This effect can be compared to the act of sandblasting metal to remove the old point.
The difference between the original and the new image of the Pillars of Creation reinforces the fact that nothing lasts forever.