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Doom for Hubble's iconic pillars

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posted on Jan, 9 2007 @ 02:15 PM
The three iconic columns of gas and dust pictured in space by the Hubble Telescope in 1995 may have met their end, the US space agency says.

(BBC)-Hubble's image, dubbed the "pillars of creation", has featured in countless papers, magazines and posters

Now, new data shows the pillars being scorched by an exploding star - and a shockwave has probably torn them apart.

But because of the time taken for light to reach Earth, we will not see their final destruction for 1,000 years.

"In the Hubble pictures, the pillars seem to be compact and solid; but in fact they are not," said Nicolas Flagey, from France's Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale.
"Only the top of the pillars and some parts within are dense enough to resist the shock. But the rest is going to be blown away by the shockwave," he told BBC News.


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