Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Icon of Deep Space Destroyed

You may recognise the picture above as the Pillars of Creation - a Hubble Space Telescope image from 1995. The bigger picture is the Eagle Nebula and the inset shows the fantastic Pillars - which became an instant icon of humans' vision for space exploration, the success of Hubble and the beauty of deep space.

This New Scientist article has a tragic story to tell - the Pillars are gone; destroyed in a supernova explosion! We won't see the destruction for another 1000 years, but that's really soon in astronomical terms.

Goodbye Pillars! Hopefully we'll be out there soon to pay homage at your grave site!


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