Now before anyone gets too worked-up let me just say these are obviously not the famous ‘Pillars of Creation’ in the Eagle Nebula! I just wanted a catchy title for the post 🙂

This image from the Milky Way Project shows beautiful pillars of dust. These pillars can often be spotted around some bubbles and complex regions, and occasionally you will find stars at their tips just as in these ones. The far left pillar shows an embedded protostar at its tip.

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