The three-dimensional view of the Pillars of Creation from MUSE

This view shows how the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has created a three-dimensional view of the iconic Pillars of Creation in the star-forming region Messier 16. Each pixel in the data corresponds to a spectrum that reveals a host of information about the motions and physical conditions of the gas at that point. The slices of the data corresponding to some of the different chemical elements present are highlighted.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1518c
Type:Artwork
Release date:30 April 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1518
Size:4500 x 2813 px

About the Object

Name:M 16, Messier 16
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:7000 light years
Category:Nebulae

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