The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, 1995

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The iconic "Pillars of Creation" image showcases dark gaseous pillars in the Eagle Nebula. The pillars are highlighted by thin, bright layers along their edges where the gas is being heated and ionized. Within the densest regions of the pillars, stars are forming.

Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1995/44/image/a/

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