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English: This visualisation of the three-dimensional structure of the Pillars of Creation within the star formation region Messier 16 (also called the Eagle Nebula) is based on new observations of the object using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The pillars actually consist of several distinct pieces on either side of the star cluster NGC 6611. In this illustration, the relative distance between the pillars along the line of sight is not to scale.
Français : Cette représentation de la structure tri-dimensionnelle des Piliers de la Création au sein de la région de formation d'étoiles Messier 16 (également baptisée Nébuleuse de l'Aigle) repose sur de nouvelles observations effectuées par l'instrument MUSE qui équipe le Très Grand Télescope de l'ESO au Chili. Les piliers sont en réalité constitués de plusieurs éléments distincts situés de part et d'autre de l'amas d'étoiles NGC 6611. Sur cette image, la distance relative qui sépare les piliers le long de la ligne de visée n'est pas à l'échelle.
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