The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is revisiting an old friend in M16, the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. 25 years after its first image of this iconic nebula was taken, Hubble is back and has released this clearer, sharper, higher contrast image taken with its widefield camera 3.
M16, The Eagle Nebula
Evidence from the Spitzer Space Telescope suggests that the pillars in M16 may already have been destroyed by a supernova explosion. Due to the distance of the nebula, the light from the supernova would have reached Earth between 1000 and 2000 years ago. The more slowly moving shock wave from the supernova light showing us the destruction will not reach the Earth for another millennium.