NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image. Astronomers combined several Hubble exposures to assemble the wider view. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall. The dark, finger-like feature at bottom right may be a smaller version of the giant pillars. The new image was taken with Hubble’s versatile and sharp-eyed Wide Field Camera 3. The pillars are bathed in the blistering ultraviolet light from a grouping of young, massive stars located off the top of the image. Streamers of gas can be seen bleeding off the pillars as the intense radiation heats and evaporates it into space. Denser regions of the pillars are shadowing material beneath them from the powerful radiation. Stars are being born deep inside the pillars, which are made of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust. The pillars are part of a small region of the Eagle Nebula, a vast star-forming region 6,500 light-years from Earth. The colors in the image highlight emission from several chemical elements. Oxygen emission is blue, sulfur is orange, and hydrogen and nitrogen are green. Object Names: M16, Eagle Nebula, NGC 6611 Image Type: Astronomical Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The above picture is called “Pillars of Creation.”  It is found in the Eagle Nebula.  As the caption says, the pillars shown are nearly 5 LIGHT years high.  As I did some research, I found the Eagle Nebula is 70 by 55 light years big.  

This year, one of our Wesleyan pastors wrote an Advent devotional series called Arrival. During each day of Advent and Christmas, there are various hash tag prompts.  Pam and I have been selecting pictures – sometimes stock photos – sometimes our own – that match the selected hashtag.  Today’s hashtag was #birth.  As I was searching for ideas for birth, I came across pictures for the birth of stars.  That led to search the term on the NASA website, which is where I came across the above picture.  

The Eagle Nebula is a star creator of sorts.  There are many stars being born in the mass of gasses that you see there. In Genesis 1, we hear that God spoke light into existence and creation continues to follow His commands.  There is a great song that was released this last year So Will I (100 Billion X). The song describes how God did that and then how much he cared for us.  

We have been posting these pictures on Facebook and Instagram.  I would encourage you to check-out #adventarrival on those social media platforms.  

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