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Stunning new infrared image of Eagle Nebula

Stunning new infrared image of Eagle Nebula

In the 1990s it adorned mugs, mousemats and bedroom walls. Now the Eagle Nebula has been revisited by the Hubble Space Telescope – the observatory that first brought it to worldwide attention.

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The original iconic image was taken at visible wavelengths – the same light our eyes can see. This jaw-droppingly beautiful new image is taken in the infrared – the same wavelengths used to send message from your TV remote. In astronomy, infrared excels at peering through dust and gas that can obscure our view of what lies underneath: new stars being crafted by gravity from the gas within ‘the pillars of creation’.

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