The Webb shows a disturbing image of Pillars of Creation

the space telescope james webb has once again shown a snapshot of the Pillars of Creationan image “disturbing and extremely dusty” of a familiar landscape it houses stars in slow but constant formation for many millennia.

The American space agency NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have published this Friday this second Webb snapshot of the famous Pillars of Creation; this time the telescope has captured it with the MIRI mid-infrared instrument.

The first, which allowed us to see a landscape full of stars, was released last week and it was the observatory’s near-infrared camera (NIRCam) that was responsible for showing this ghostly-looking region with huge amounts of gas and dust.

NASA | First image offered by the Webb of the Pillars of Creation

This time, MIRI offers a more “grim and creepy” atmospherein which most of the stars have disappeared from the image.

The interstellar dust coats the scene and, although mid-infrared light specializes in tracing regions where there is dust, stars do not emit enough light to appear at these wavelengths.

Instead, these towering pillars of gas and leaden dust glow at their ends, which allows to intuit the activity that takes place inside, describe both space agencies.

By comparison, the blue stars dotting the scene are aging, meaning they have already shed most of their layers of gas and dust.

The Pillars of Creation, found in the immense Eagle Nebula, at a distance of 6,500 light yearswere first captured in 1995 by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Other observatories have also scrutinized this region, such as ESA’s Herschel telescope or NASA’s Spitzer.

Each state-of-the-art instrument offers researchers new and fascinating data on this region that is practically overflowing with stars, both agencies recall.

“Thanks to the new MIRI image, astronomers will have data with a resolution never seen before in mid-infrared light, and will analyze their dust measurements much more precisely, allowing them to map out a more complete three-dimensional landscape of this distant region.