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A view of the Pillars of Creation in near-infrared light
Near-infrared image of Eagle Nebula

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

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in near-infrared light, reveals the pillars as wispy silhouettes, which are seen against a background of many stars. Near-infrared light can penetrate much of the gas and dust, revealing stars behind the nebula as well as those hidden away inside the pillars. Some of the gas and dust clouds are so dense that even near-infrared light cannot penetrate them.