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Composed of gas and dust, this pillar resides in the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years from the Sun. The tip of the 3-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image is a place where many new stars are forming.

CREDIT: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team.

Source:
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/25/image/h/