Webb Discloses New Information in Pillars of Creation


Webb Discloses New Information in Pillars of Creation, The famous Pillars of Creation, first imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, have been captured in a new image by our James Webb Space Telescope, revealing new details about the region.

The three-dimensional pillars have the appearance of majestic rock formations but are much more permeable. These columns are composed of cool interstellar gas and dust that appears semi-transparent in near-infrared light at times.

Webb’s new perspective on the Pillars of Creation will aid researchers in revising their models of star formation by identifying far more precise counts of newly formed stars, as well as the amounts of gas and dust in the region. They will gradually gain a better understanding of how stars form and burst out of these dusty clouds over millions of years.