Instagram post by @jessiejoy321 Jessie Nelson

The Pillars of Creation are columns of dust and gas which form new stars in a small portion of the Eagle Nebula, lying roughly 7,000 light years away. The iconic photo of them (which was my reference photo) was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in spring of 1995. It has been found that a shock wave of hot dust near the pillars detects there has been a supernova (an explosion of a star in the late stages of its life) in the vicinity, and the pillars would have been destroyed around 6,000 years ago. But since the light from this gorgeous formation takes 7,000 years to reach us here on Earth, we are still able to observe these beautiful stellar nurseries. 💜✨ •

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