The 'Pillars of Creation' revealed in unprecedented detail in new NASA image

Mail Online | 7/12/2018 | Mark Prigg For
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The Pillars of Creation are the stars of one the most iconic images ever to be captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Now, NASA has revealed a new image, created by combining X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope optical data.

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Is shows the region around the Pillars, which are about 5,700 light years from Earth, in incredible detail.

The area, the Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16, and contains the young star cluster NGC 6611.

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It also the site of the spectacular star-forming region known as the Pillars of Creation, which is located in the southern portion of the Eagle Nebula.

This new composite image shows the region around the Pillars, which are about 5,700 light years from Earth.

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Using Chandra, researchers detected over 1,700 individual sources of X-rays in the Eagle Nebula.

Optical and infrared identifications with stars were used to clean up the image, which found more than two-thirds of the sources are probably young stars that are members of the NGC 6611 cluster.

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Chandra's unique ability to resolve and locate X-ray sources made it possible to identify hundreds of very young stars, and those still in the process of forming, known as 'protostars'.

The infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory found that 219 of the X-ray sources in the Eagle Nebula are young stars surrounded by disks of dust and gas and 964 are young stars without these disks.

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Combined with the Chandra observations, the data show that X-ray activity in young stars with disks is, on average, a few times less intense that in young stars without disks.

This behavior is likely due to the interaction of the disk with the magnetic field of the host star.

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Much of the matter in the disks around these protostars will eventually be blown...
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