NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrated New Friend’s Day by posting images to its official Twitter account. It displayed one of its most iconic images, which now has a companion from the James Webb Space Telescope. This comes after the iconic “Pillars of Creation” were captured by the Webb Telescope. “One of Hubble’s most iconic shots now has a complementary companion from our friend @NASAWebb,” the caption read. The Pillars of Creation are star-forming regions that show a small region of the Eagle Nebula.”
The presence and thickness of dust around the pillars are highlighted in Hubble’s visible-light image. Webb’s infrared vision, on the other hand, can see through the dust to reveal more stars. Several pillars have bright red, lava-like spots at their tips. “These are ejections from still-forming stars,” NASA explained in a statement. Take a look at this:
What better way to mark #NewFriendsDay than with this new view?— Hubble (@NASAHubble) October 19, 2022
One of Hubble’s most iconic shots now has a complementary companion from our friend @NASAWebb!
This star-forming region is known as the Pillars of Creation, and shows a small region of the Eagle Nebula. pic.twitter.com/3FMoH0ro0P
The images have received nearly 25K likes since they were uploaded. “The more you learn about the universe, the stronger my religious belief becomes.” This is no coincidence, but there is a single power that created and controls the universe,” a Twitter user commented. “I assume the image was taken sideways, and it was rotated here for comparison purposes,” wrote another.
The “Pillars of Creation” are located 6,500 light years from Earth in our Milky Way galaxy’s Eagle Nebula. The Hubble Space Telescope first captured them in 1995 and then again in 2014. “By popular demand, we had to do the Pillars of Creation” with Webb, said Klaus Pontoppidan, the Space Telescope Science Institute’s science programme manager, on Twitter. “There are so many stars!” he exclaimed.
Meanwhile, NASA previously shared a stunning Hubble image of a globular cluster. A globular cluster is a group of stars that are gravitationally bound together. NASA wrote in the caption, rather poetically, “Is gravity the only thing holding you together?” Then you’re probably a globular cluster.” According to NASA, the globular cluster in the Instagram photo is located in the constellation Sagittarius.
A globular cluster can house thousands of stars, some of which are as old as the universe itself. While NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope revolutionized how these star clusters were studied, its Webb Telescope will now take a closer look with its infrared vision. The latter will investigate the interiors of these stars in depth, allowing scientists to better understand these stellar relics of cosmic history.