Made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope, these interstellar plumes are immense in size. Approximately 1 light year from top to bottom (that is a lot of real estate).
"Pillars of Creation" is a photograph taken by the Hubble Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years from Earth. They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed (Wikipedia).
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