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Space Halloween: The Webb telescope captures the most terrifying picture of the Pillars of Creation

The last image taken of the Pillars of Creation by the James Webb Space Telescope conveys the typical sensibilities of Halloween, at least that’s how the European Space Agency has defined it. In a press release, the unit explains that the light captured by Webb’s mid-infrared instrument (MIRI) They are “grim and haunting”.



ESA explains that the picture highlights the presence of gas and dust poles in a dominant tone that “allows us to understand the activity happening inside.” Researchers show that The pillars of creation are made up of thousands of stars Which can be seen in another image captured by the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and has disappeared with MIRI.

Some of the stars that were captured in the NIRCam image [derecha] They are not visible in the new photo taken with MIRI [izquierda],
Some of the stars that were captured in the NIRCam image [derecha] They are not visible in the new photo taken with MIRI [izquierda],
NASA, ESA, CSA, STSCI; J. D. Pascal (STSCI), A. Pagan (STSCI), A. Kokemore (STSCI)

As detailed, the new image of the region does not mean that the newborn stars died suddenly, but that they have not been captured. Not being surrounded by a substantial amount of interstellar dust. Scientists explain that MIRI only captures young stars that have not yet shed their dust layers.


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This information is translated into two colors within the last picture of Pillars of Creation. points of crimson color There are newborn stars at the ends of the pillars that still hold dust, while blue dot They are the ones that are aging and shedding most of their layers of gas and dust.

As sad and troubling as the scene says ESA, the truth is that it allows teams of experts to study this place in space in greater detail, The Eagle is located in the Nebula, which is about 6,500 light-years away from Earth.

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