The most famous image of the Hubble Space Telescope is the one that can not miss in our collection. For the first time photographed in 1995 it awakened our imagination of how beautiful the cosmos can be. To celebrate Hubble's 25th year in orbit in 2014, astronomers decided to revisit the "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) once again and that's the effect.
The pillars became famous after Hubble first imaged them in 1995 using the Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2. The features were observed again in late 2014 with that instrument's more advanced replacement, the Wide Field Camera 3 delivered in 2009 by the last service mission to the Hubble by STS-125 Space Shuttle Mission. With its higher resolution, the new camera provides a sharper view of the pillars and also presents a wider field of view, showing the base of the pillars and more of the region surrounding them.
In addition, the new observations captured a portrait of the pillars in infrared light(see our second Infrared light reprocessed image), as well as in visible light. The longer wavelengths of infrared light pass more easily through the dusty environs, allowing us to see more of the wispy details and the stars normally hidden inside or behind the pillars when viewed in visible light.
By comparing Hubble's original image of the pillars to the new one, astronomers also noticed changes in a jet-like feature shooting away from one of the newborn stars within the pillars. The jet grew 60 billion miles longer in the time between observations, suggesting material in the jet was traveling at a speed of about 450,000 miles per hour.
The Image was reprocessed from the raw (Fits data) by the astrophotographer and founder of Cosmonity® Michał Ostaszewski using the latest techniques and tools which was not available at the time of capturing this image by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014. That's we can offer the sharpest and most detailed print of this image available on the market.
Data Credits: NASA, ESA
Image Processing: Michał Ostaszewski