NASA unveils a never-before-seen view of the stunning “Pillars of Creation” captured by the James Webb Space Telescope

TWENTY-SEVEN years after the first photo of the legendary “Pillars of Creation” was released, NASA has revealed a never-before-seen photo of the stunning spacescape.

NASA released the photo on Wednesday, stressing that the striking image “will help researchers refine their models of star formation by identifying more accurate counts of newly formed stars.”

NASA released a brand new image of the Pillars of Creation on Wednesday

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NASA released a brand new image of the Pillars of Creation on WednesdayCredit: AP
The iconic spacescape was last photographed in 2014

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The iconic spacescape was last photographed in 2014Credit: Alamy
The first image of the Pillars of Creation was taken in 1995

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The first image of the Pillars of Creation was taken in 1995Photo credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/J. Hester and P Scowen (ASU)

Located 6,500 light-years from Earth in the Eagle Nebula, the Pillars of Creation first made headlines in 1995 when NASA released an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The photo at the time showed three massive cloud pillars of gas and dust surrounded by several scattered stars.

Astronomy fans received an updated look at the landscape in 2014, showing a sharper and wider view.

The most recent image – taken with a near-infrared camera on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – goes even further, allowing us to peek partially through the cloud pillars to see millions more stars.

Multiple bright red orbs can be seen in the new NASA photo explained are “newly formed stars”.

“As knots of sufficient mass form in the gas and dust columns, they begin to collapse under their own gravity, slowly warm up, and eventually form new stars,” NASA said.

The photo also shows many wavy lines at the edge of the pillars that look almost like lava.

NASA says these are “ejects from stars” that are still forming.

“Young stars routinely eject supersonic jets that collide with clouds of matter like these thick pillars.”

“This also sometimes leads to bow thrusts, which can form wave patterns like a boat does when moving through the water. The crimson glow comes from the energetic hydrogen molecules that arise from jets and shocks.”

According to NASA, these stars are estimated to be only a few hundred thousand years old.

While the new image lets us see past these gas columns more than ever before, they still block our view of even larger galaxies beyond.

NASA revealed that with the pillars acting as a curtain, the surrounding dust is “illuminated by the collective light from the packed ‘party’ of stars that have broken away from the pillars.”

“It’s like standing in a well-lit room and looking out a window – the light from inside reflects off the glass, obscuring the scene outside and in turn illuminating the buzz of the party inside.”

Tuesday’s image isn’t the first stunning photo taken by the James Webb Telescope this year.

In July, NASA unveiled a photo taken by the telescope that was believed to be the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant Universe ever recorded.

The James Webb Space Telescope launched on Christmas Day 2021.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope captured the updated infrared photo

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured the updated infrared photoPhoto credit: Getty

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