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) but not only with the visible light.
They also observed this region in the near-infrared light which can penetrate much of the gas and dust, revealing stars behind the nebula as well as hidden away inside the pillars. Some of the gas and dust clouds are so dense that even the near-infrared light cannot penetrate them. New stars embedded in the tops of the pillars, however, are apparent as bright sources that are unseen in the visible image.
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.
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