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James Webb Telescope unveils a new view of the Pillars of Creation - Daily Mail

James Webb Telescope unveils a new view of the Pillars of Creation - Daily Mail

James Webb Telescope unveils a new view of the Pillars of Creation - Daily Mail
Dec 02, 2022 1 min, 42 secs

Almost 30 years ago the Pillars of Creation stunned the astronomy world when they were captured by NASA's famed Hubble Space Telescope.

Now a new generation can enjoy a fresh view of the haunting scene after the US space agency's $10 billion (£7.4 billion) super space telescope James Webb imaged the same finger-like tendrils of gas and dust.

Beautiful: Almost 30 years ago the Pillars of Creation stunned the astronomy world when they were captured by NASA's famed Hubble Space Telescope. Now a new generation can enjoy a fresh view of the haunting scene after the US space agency's $10 billion (£7.4 billion) super space telescope James Webb imaged the same finger-like tendrils of gas and dust (pictured).

The first image of the Pillars of Creation was taken by Hubble in 1995.

The Pillars of Creation were first snapped by NASA's Hubble telescope back in 1995, then re-imaged in 2014.

Now, nearly 30 years on from our first view of the haunting formation, it has been imaged again by NASA's new super space telescope James Webb.

The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars located just outside the frame. .

'By combining images of the iconic Pillars of Creation from two cameras aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the universe has been framed in its infrared glory,' the Webb team wrote

New super space telescope: Webb (pictured) has instruments that see in different wavelengths of infrared 

The Hubble image from 1995 hinted at new stars being born within the pillars

The James Webb telescope has been described as a 'time machine' that could help unravel the secrets of our universe

The vast telescope, which has already cost more than $7 billion (£5 billion), is considered a successor to the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope

The James Webb Telescope and most of its instruments have an operating temperature of roughly 40 Kelvin – about minus 387 Fahrenheit (minus 233 Celsius)

The orbiting infrared observatory is designed to be about 100 times more powerful than its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble telescope was launched on April 24, 1990, via the space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

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