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This video gives a tour of different images that have been taken of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.

It begins by zooming out from a three-colour composite mosaic image of the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16), based on images obtained with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope. Faded over this is a view of the Pillars of Creation in infrared taken with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.

Next the video shows three Hubble images of, in order of appearance, a stellar spire in the nebula, an open star cluster known as NGC 6611, and a collection of very bright young stars in the northwestern part of the region.

Just before the last of these images fades in a new Hubble image of the pillars, taken in infrared, comes into view in the very centre, followed by its new companion image taken in visible light.

Added on 20 May 2016
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