The "Pillars of Creation" haven't existed for thousands of years

February 12, 2012

Surely you're familiar with this photo taken by the Hubble telescope in 1995, right? Check it:

The Pillars of Creation no longer exist. In 2007, astronomers announced that they were destroyed about 6,000 years ago by the shock wave from a supernova. Because of the limited speed of light, the shock wave's approach to the pillars can currently be seen from Earth, but their actual destruction will not be visible for another millennium.

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