Haunting image: NASA’s Webb Space Telescope reveals horrific pillars of creation

The James Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation elicits a chilling tone. Thousands of stars in this region are disappearing – and endless layers of gas and dust seem to become their focus. Credit: Science: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI Image Processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

Webb highlights the velvet-like lining of dust throughout this star-forming region, including the shells around actively forming stars.

As seen here, the Pillars of Creation appear in another world in mid-infrared light.

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Compare the mid-infrared light image from the James Webb Telescope of the Pillars of Creation Telescope with the near-infrared light image in this short video tour. Thousands of stars have formed in this region, but interstellar dust obscures the view in mid-infrared light, which is why most stars appear to be missing. The rapid decay of the near-infrared image proves that it still exists, of course. While mid-infrared light specializes in locating dust—and these plumes are engulfed in dust and gas—many stars in this region are not dusty enough to appear at these wavelengths. Instead, mid-infrared light reveals young stars that still have dusty “mantles”. These are the crimson orbs toward the tips of the pillars. In contrast, the blue stars that dot the landscape are aging, which means they have already rid themselves of most of their layers of gas and dust. How vast is this landscape? This bright red star and its dusty shroud are larger than the size of our entire solar system.

Haunting Image: NASA Web Reveals Dust, Structure in the Pillars of Creation

This photo does not depict soot-tainted fingers stretching. Nor is it an ethereal spectacle of time-forgotten tombs. Filled with gas and dust, these plumes obscure the slowly forming stars over thousands of years. The James Webb Space Telescope captured this frightening, dusty view of the Pillars of Creation in mid-infrared light. It reveals a creepy new view of a familiar landscape.

Why does mid-infrared light set such a frightening bleak mood in Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) image? Interstellar dust covers the scene. And while mid-infrared light specializes in locating dust, stars are not bright enough at these wavelengths to appear. Instead, these looming plumes of gas and dust glisten at their edges, only hinting at activity within them.

In this region, thousands and thousands of stars formed. This was clearly demonstrated when examining the image of a modern near-infrared webcam (NIRCam) (see image below). However, from MIRI’s point of view, the majority of stars appear to be missing. why? Many newly formed stars are no longer surrounded by enough dust to be detected in mid-infrared light. Instead, MIRI monitors young stars who have not yet shaken off their dusty “cloaks”. These are the crimson orbs toward the tips of the pillars. In contrast, the blue stars that dot the landscape are aging. This means that they have already shed most of their layers of gas and dust.

Pillars of Creation (Photo by Webb NIRCam)

The pillars of Creation are set in a kaleidoscope of color in the near-infrared light show of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The columns look like arches and towers rising from a desert landscape, but they are filled with translucent gas and dust, and they are ever-changing. This is a region where young stars form – or just barely burst from their dusty cocoons as they continue to form. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePascal (STScI), Anton M. Cuquemore (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI).

The mid-infrared light is particularly suitable for observing gas and dust in intricate detail. This is also unmistakable in the background. The darkest shades of gray are the most intense dust regions. The red area towards the top, which forms a super V shape, like an owl with outstretched wings, is where the dust spreads and gets cooler. Note that no background galaxies appear – the interstellar medium is in the densest part of

Milky Way
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our solar system, and is named because of its appearance from Earth. It is a barred spiral galaxy that contains an estimated 100-400 billion stars and has a diameter of between 150,000 and 200,000 light-years.

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How vast is this landscape? Trace the topmost pillar, landing on the bright red star jutting out of its lower edge like a broomstick. This star and its dusty shroud are larger than the size of our entire solar system.

This scene was first captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 and revisited in 2014, but many other observatories, like NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, have also gazed deeply at the Pillars of Creation. Astronomers gain new information with every observation. Through their ongoing research, they build a deeper understanding of this star-forming region. Each wavelength of light and advanced instrument delivers far more precise counts of the gas, dust, and stars, which inform researchers’ models of how stars form. As a result of the new MIRI image, astronomers now have higher resolution data in mid-infrared light than ever before, and will analyze its far more precise dust measurements to create a more complete three-dimensional landscape of this distant region.

The Pillars of Creation is set within the vast Eagle Nebula, which is located around 6,500 light-years away from Earth.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful space telescope ever constructed and the world’s premier space science observatory. It will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).

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