The James Webb Space Telescope captures a ghostly view of the pillars of creation

The James Webb Space Telescope captures a ghostly view of the pillars of creation

has posted another image that the James Webb space telescope has captured from the pillars of creation. while providing a detailed look at the stars forming in the region, the latest is a creepier, more ethereal image.

Bathed in orange and black, the image that by Webb The captured Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) is certainly timely, given that Halloween is just days away. says the rendering provides a new perspective on the pillars of creation, with a focus on the region’s gas and dust.

Last week’s image was captured with Webb’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), which was able to peer through the dust columns to observe thousands of new stars in the region in greater detail than before. However, many of the stars are not bright enough to shine through the wavelengths that MIRI focuses on.

NASA says that with this image, astronomers have higher-resolution mid-infrared light data than has been available in the past. The agency notes that researchers will study more precise pulse movements to form a more complete 3D landscape of the pillars of creation. This will help develop a deeper understanding of how stars form.

The Pillars of Creation are located in the Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light years away. In case you’re wondering how big it all is, look at the glowing red star sticking out of the right side of the top pillar, halfway up. NASA says the star and its dusty shroud are larger than our entire solar system, which may or may not cause an existential crisis or two. Have a fantastic Halloween weekend.

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