Hubble’s Inside The Image: The Eagle Nebula

  • Released Friday, January 5, 2024

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken over 1.5 million observations over the years. One of them is the incredible image of The Pillars of Creation.

The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, situated in the Serpens constellation, stand as celestial marvels. Composed of interstellar gas and dust, these towering structures captivate astronomers and stargazers alike. Shaped by the potent forces of stellar winds and radiation, the pillars, resembling cosmic sentinels, showcase vibrant hues. Functioning as crucibles for stellar birth, they facilitate the creation of new stars in a delicate dance of destruction and formation. The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula offer a captivating spectacle, inviting observers to contemplate the profound dynamics at play within our ever-evolving cosmic tapestry.

In this video, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman explains this breathtaking image and how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Producer, Director & Editor: James Leigh

Director of Photography: James Ball

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films

Video Credits:
Hubble Space Telescope Animation
ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

Light Echo Animation
NASA/ESA/Hubble - M. Kornmesser

Music Credits:
"Transcode" by Lee Groves [PRS], and Peter George Marett [PRS] via Universal Production Music

“Transitions” by Ben Niblett [PRS] and Jon Cotton [PRS] via Atmosphere Music Ltd [PRS] and Universal Production Music.

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This page was originally published on Friday, January 5, 2024.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 3:38 PM EDT.


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