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Pillars of Creation: Revisiting a space icon
2015 view of the iconic Pillars of Creation

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image.

The pillars are about 5 light-years tall in this image. Streamers of gas can be seen floating from the giant structures as intense radiation heats and evaporates them into space. Buried inside the pillars, stars are being born.