‘Pillars of Creation’: Nonhuman Photography


Nasa, 2014. Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation’ is an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014.

It shows columns, or ‘cold molecular pillars’ (informally ‘elephant trunks’) of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula – 6,500 to 7,000 from Earth. The name derives from the fact that stars are being created from the gas and dust whilst also being eroded by the scorching ultraviolet light emitted by other recently formed stars.

The image was photographed by the Hubble Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed in 2009, and produced using near-infrared and visible light exposure.

Pillars of Creation’ was an image originally produced in 1995. This higher resolution image was produced in 2014 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the telescope’s launch.



Garner, Rob. (2015). ‘Hubble Goes High-Definition to Revisit Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’’. Nasa.gov [Online]. Available at: https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-goes-high-definition-to-revisit-iconic-pillars-of-creation [accessed 18 June 2017].

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