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Pillars of creation
These eerie pillars are columns of cool, interstellar hydrogen gas and dust in which new stars are being born.
The pillars protrude from the interior wall of a dark molecular cloud, like stalagmites from the floor of a cavern. They are part of the "Eagle Nebula", also called M16, and are 7,000 light-years away in the constellation Serpens.


Image courtesy of the Space Telescope Science InstituteRELATED STORIES