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    Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo - NBC News

    n celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary in April, the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to the site of what may be its most famous image, the wispy columns of the Eagle Nebula, and produced a stunning new picture. "The Pillars of Creation," located 6,500 light-years away in area M16 of the distant nebula, were photographed in visible and near-infrared light with the Hubble's upgraded equipment, and the result is as astonishing now as the original was in 1995. Hubble went online in 1990. The anniversary imagery is being revealed at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle. Not only does the enhanced detail make for beauty, but astronomers can see how this corner of the nebula has changed over the last two decades. One small jet-like structure, for instance, has been cruising at about 450,000 miles per hour, traveling 60 billion miles — though it's hard to even spot the difference, so vast are these cosmic columns.
    Simply stunning!

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Hard to imagine that this is what it looked like when we still hadn't invented the wheel. Stunning detail.

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    The largest Pillar ( on the left ) is four lightyears long.

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    And to think it all exists for humans. Are we important or what?

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The largest Pillar ( on the left ) is four lightyears long.
    24 trillion miles long....

    or the same distance one would drive if they drove from LA to NY ...10 billion times.

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The largest Pillar ( on the left ) is four lightyears long.
    I did not know that. Pretty fascinating actually, but I do love this kinda stuff. I am really looking forward to what else will be shown for the 25th anniversary.
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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The largest Pillar ( on the left ) is four lightyears long.
    The trip from one end to the other using current technology would exceed 30,000 years.

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    24 trillion miles long....

    or the same distance one would drive if they drove from LA to NY ...10 billion times.
    So Cool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    The trip from one end to the other using current technology would exceed 30,000 years.
    If we ever tried that I would hope NASA would officially name it " The Kessel Run ".

    You know, so we could make Millennium Falcon jokes.

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    Re: Hubble Revisits 'Pillars of Creation' for Stunning Photo

    Very beautiful pictures. As someone who knows precious little about astrophysics, I have to wonder what interplay of forces gives these things their form and energy and movement. It seems like all that matter could just as easily be diffuse, or static, or invisible.

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