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How The ‘Pillars of Creation’ Were Created

June 27, 2014

[ Read the Article: New Evidence Explains How The 'Pillars Of Creation' Came Into Being ]

The ‘Pillars of Creation’, an image made with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, is one of the most famous astronomical views. It shows how ‘elephant trunks’ of cooler interstellar gas are eroded by the intense radiation and winds from nearby massive stars.

Now Scott Balfour, an astronomer at Cardiff University, has run a new simulation where similar structures appear with a remarkably close appearance to their real life counterparts.

This movie of the simulation shows how the cloud collapses and forms ‘elephant trunks’ and bright rims over 1.6 million years.

Credit: S. Balfour / University of Cardiff



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