Cartoon: The second look of the Pillars of Creation

The Pillars of Creation, a group of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula is located 6,500-7,000 light years away from Earth in the Serpens constellation. Earlier this month, new photos of the Pillars of Creation taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) were released, showing many more stars than previously seen by weaker telescopes (right side of illustration). On Oct. 28th, James Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) took a mid-infrared view (left side of illustration) of the Pillars of Creation were releasing showing a cluster of stars 5.6 billion light years away, two types of stars, allowing astronomers and scientists to study the captured glowing dust.  (Emma Yin)