If you love exploring and learning new things about space, then you probably have seen this picture somewhere on the internet. Scientists call it the Pillars of Creation.
A couple of astronomers from the University of Arizona had been fascinated for some time by the Serpens constellation, which is 7000 light years away from us. On April Fool’s Day 1995, they took a photograph of the Eagle Nebula, through the Hubble Space telescope.
But without realizing it, their astro-photograph had captured the formation of interstellar gases and dust clouds, when they were in the process of creating new stars like our Sun.
Now you can guess from where the word creation came from…
The photograph was absolutely breathtaking and so unique, that other observatories proceeded, through the years, to seize pictures of that region of the Cosmos with better cameras and equipment.
Later it was famously named ‘The Pillars of Creation’ by NASA astrophysicists.
But still wondering about from where the name Pillar Of Creation originated from? Well here’s a not so scientifically interesting part..
This evocative name originates from a sermon, given by a London pastor in 1857. Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s address was entitled: ‘The Condescension of Christ’. The title was Spurgeon’s way to describe how the Divine power of Christ, which emanates from the Universe, is the foundation of the physical world, and thus holds it together.
The picture is indeed, a majestic expression of the creative power inherent in the Cosmos, and how infinitely complex emergent phenomena take place in the furthest parts of the observable Universe.