A week and a half ago, NASA released a stunning image of the Pillars of Creation taken by the Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion state-of- the-art space observatory that launched last December.
The space agency shared a picture of the same structure that was taken with theMIRI. It will be released days before Halloween.
The Pillars of Creation are made of gas and dust and form one arm of the Eagle Nebula, a cluster of stars about 6,500 light-years away.
If you stood on the tip of one of the pillars, it would take about five years to see the light from the other side. One light year is more than 5 trillion miles.
The first image of the pillars was taken with a Near-Infrared Camera. There were many stars not seen in the famous image of the pillars taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. What Hubble sees is very different from what the other person sees.
The new image doesn't look at other light sources. It takes time to sift through all the data and translate the wavelengths into a range of visible light for us to see.
The stars are almost completely gone in the picture. The rusty orange columns of gas and dust become a pale blue in the NIRCAM image. Pumpkin orange can be seen in the top right of the image.
In Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, the hand of man is seen. The pillars are reminiscent of a zombie reaching out for a victim.
Gas and dust can be seen in mid-infrared images by the author. The stars at the end of the pillars have recently eroded the material around them. Their atmospheres are still covered in dust, so they show up in red. Blue tones show stars that are older and have lost a lot of their gas and dust.
In September, MIRI cut through the dust from the stars in order to see the gossamer strands of the Tarantula Nebula.
There are darker regions in the bottom left corner of the picture that are related to the density of the stuff.
The image production began on July 12 and is expected to last at least a decade. It could be in operation for up to 20 years if we are lucky. If you want to know what's going on at any given time, there's a Twitter bot.
The colors in the telescope images are questionable.