The Pillars of Creation, which are placed in the Eagle Nebula, which is 7,000 light years away, is now one of Hubble’s most famous pictures.
The Eagle Nebula is the one that is full of new stars and is just like a dazzling central star group that has lots of evaporating globules made of gas, that include active star formation and, at their turn, their series of new, young stars. It’s a lot to take in, from evaporative radiation that comes from the new start that fights against the active, to the formation of the stars from the cool gas that comes from the nebula. Considering the fact that it was first observed by Hubble in the 90s, it’s safe to say that technology nowadays gives us a clear image on things.
New-born stars: the reason why there are changes in the gas structure
The changes in the gas structure from the top pillar shows a discharge that most likely comes from a huge, newborn star that can be found inside the pillar. The new stars are born when the stellar discharges and the jets flood the gas.
The ultraviolet view on the pillars is what lets the new starts to be visible. The blue sign usually shows gas while it is evaporating. With all these in mind, it should take at least 100,000 years to evaporate completely. We don’t see pillars doing that often. The ultraviolet light is able to see through dust, and it showed a dazzling tapestry of young stars inside. The last study happened in 2012, and it allowed astronomers to get into the dust to see if there are new stars. The study concluded that 11 of the 73 evaporating gas globules had possible new stars. The ultraviolet light also showed that prolix heat could also be the source of nebula getting warm, meaning there’s a new supernova out there.
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