Hubble's Pillars of Creation Then and Now: Image Comparison from 1995 and 2015
In honor of the Hubble telescope's 25th anniversary, scientists have recreated the iconic image of the Pillars of Creation. Twenty years later, the amazing deep space object is shown in wider view and much sharper detail, showing just how far space imaging technology has come in the last two decades:
The Pillars of Creation are elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust, located in the Eagle Nebula approximately 7,000 light years from Earth. They are so named because they represent a star-forming region, in which the gas and dust is always in the process of making new stars. The original image (right), is arguably the most famous and beloved photograph ever taken by Hubble. The new image (left), was taken in 2015 in unprecedented detail.
"It allows us to demonstrate how far Hubble has come in 25 years of observation," said Paul Scowen of Arizona State University, who helped take the original photograph twenty years ago.
Here is a larger version of the new image:
The scientists were also able to image the Eagle Nebula in infrared, which eliminates the gas and dust from the photograph and reveals significantly more stars: