Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team (Acknowledgement: P. Scowen (Arizona State University, USA) and J. Hester)

Over the last 20-some-years, Hubble has captured too many stunning images to count, yet very few of them have the emotional, long-lasting impact of the Pillars of Creation. Unbeknownst to anyone, Hubble was approaching its greatest piece of work yet when it focused its lense on a relatively small section of the Eagle nebula in 1995. The subsequent product can simply be described as 'iconic.'

in celebration of Hubble's 25th year in operation, NASA and the ESA have released a new breathtaking image of the pillars, which shows them in unprecedented resolution. In their words:

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