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10 Incredible Hubble Telescope Images - And the Science Behind Them

CJ Miozzi | 5 Mar 2014 17:00
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We'll end our trip where we started - a return to the Eagle Nebula. But this time, rather than mighty pillars, we're visiting the delicate Stellar Spire, a wispy plume of gas and dust. Just like the Pillars of Creation, the Stellar Spire consists of cold hydrogen sculpted by the UV light of massive, young stars. The visible haze around the pillar is gas boiling off the pillar's surface, and the dark shape near the plume's top is a denser hydrogen cloud that is resisting the UV erosion. The spire appears backlit against warmer gas clouds in the distance.

This is just a small glimpse of the universe provided by the Hubble Space Telescope. An international team of scientists just brought a new generation of telescopes online last year. And just last year, one of the oldest known stars was discovered. Which is all to day, we can't wait to see what's next.

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