This new capturing of the long-admired star formation region, as expected, provides us mere earthlings with a truly thrilling and uncommonly breathtaking glimpse at the limitless wonders of the universe.
As NASA detailed when sharing the new portrait with the public on Wednesday, the “Pillars of Creation” are somewhat deceptive in their appearance. Most notably, despite the fact that this inspiringly beautiful scene could easily be described as almost rock-like in its perceived composition, what we’re actually seeing is further documentation of how young stars carry out their formation process.
The Pillars of Creation, of course, first entered the public consciousness back in 1995 by way of an image captured with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. According to the agency, the Webb-captured companion image of this region of the Eagle Nebula will be crucial in assisting researchers as they work to “revamp their models of star formation.”
Get a closer look at the new image below, as well as up top via a guided video tour.
The James Webb Space Telescope, which builds on the historic work of Hubble, first launched last December and has since been the driving force behind several space-related developments. Over the summer, for example, the Webb team gave us what was then determined to be the “deepest and sharpest” infrared image of the universe yet.
Ongoing Webb telescope updates have arrived at a particularly compelling moment for matters of space. Mere months ago, the first public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena in decades was held, bringing with it the continuation of a larger national discussion about what may or may not be happening in the skies above us all.