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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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Our first stop on our tour of the universe is to the Eagle Nebula and its famous Pillars of Creation, as seen in some of the HST's most iconic imagery. What we're looking at in this picture are columns of cold hydrogen gas and dust that are sticking out of a dark molecular cloud, like a butte in Utah's Monument Valley sticking out of a flat desert plain. In a similar manner that buttes form by resisting the erosion that wears away the surrounding rock, these columns are more resistant to the erosion caused by the intense ultraviolet light blasting from nearby massive, newborn stars.

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