Impressive James Webb photo turned into a joke

Last week, NASA stunned the world with the latest published space photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This is an absolutely mesmerizing shot of a star nursery filled with cosmic dust, known as the Pillars of Creation.

But where astronomers see incredible details, Internet users, exposed to the pareidolia effect, look for familiar shapes, objects, faces or even characters in space photos. Twitter user ScienceSocks saw in the Pillars of Creation a group of puppet Martians from the American entertainment TV show Sesame Street. To improve perception, he even gave eyes so that users would notice a greater similarity. 

Another astute cultural historian noted that the Pillars of Creation are very similar to anchovies from the animated series SpongeBob.

Pillars of Creation

The star formation region The Pillars of Creation are located in the Eagle Nebula. It was first discovered in the mid-90s. With the Hubble telescope, researchers have spotted a celestial cradle where many stars are still being born.

Comparison of images of the Pillars of Creation taken by the Hubble Telescope (left) and James Webb (right). Source: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

The latest image by James Webb breathed new life into this cosmic miracle — a huge number of stars dotted with space became much clearer, and the color, texture and composition of the dust pillars themselves became visible in more detail than ever before.

The Pillars of Creation through the eyes of the James Webb Telescope. Source: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

The nebula is located 7 thousand light-years from Earth. It will be possible to observe the Pillars for about another thousand years. This cosmic find has become a fascinating image for centuries and is one of the most famous images of the space.

Earlier we reported on how the NASA logo on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket surprised the community on the Internet.

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