About the Object

Category: MIRI

Pillars of Creation (MIRI Image - Annotated)


This image of the Pillars of Creation, captured by Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), shows compass arrows, a scale bar, and a colour key for reference. The Pillars of Creation lie within the Eagle Nebula, which is also known as Messier 16 (M16).

The north and east compass arrows show the orientation of the image on the sky. Note that the relationship between north and east on the sky (as seen from below) is flipped relative to the direction arrows on a map of the ground (as seen from above).

The scale bar is labelled in light-years, which is the distance that light travels in one Earth-year. (It takes 2 years for light to travel a distance equal to the length of the scale bar.) One light-year is equal to about 9.46 trillion kilometres. The field of view shown in this image is approximately 7 light-years across.

This image shows invisible mid-infrared wavelengths of light that have been translated into visible-light colours. The colour key shows which MIRI filters were used when collecting the light. The colour of each filter name is the visible light colour used to represent the infrared light that passes through that filter.

MIRI was contributed by ESA and NASA, with the instrument designed and built by a consortium of nationally funded European Institutes (The MIRI European Consortium) in partnership with JPL and the University of Arizona.

[Image Description: Titled James Webb Space Telescope, Pillars of Creation, M16. Graphic elements added to the image are compass arrows, scale bar, and colour key. Below the image is a colour key showing which MIRI filters were used to create the image and which visible-light colour is assigned to each filter.]


NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; J. DePasquale (STScI), A. Pagan (STScI)

About the Image

Id: weic2218b
Type: Observation
Release date: 28 October 2022, 16:00
Related releases: weic2218
Size: 1987 x 2194 px

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