The Pillars of Creation are a star forming nebula some 7,000 light years away. However, because of evidence seen in images taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope in 2007, it is believed that this nebula might have actually been destroyed 6000 years ago, and that we should be able to witness the supernova that caused it and the nebula’s destruction in roughly a 1000 years from now.
The Universe is basically a cloud of dust and particles. This particular dust-ball we live on is roughly 25,000 miles in circumference. Every once in a while a Cosmic Event, the scientific name for something we don’t understand, will cause what is known as a gravitational collapse, another scientific name for something we don’t understand. At this point all the dust and particles within proximity of the cosmic event’s gravitational pull, will begin to be sucked in to a giant dust-ball called a Nebula, and with every dust-ball the gravitational pull of the forming Nebula becomes more powerful. What started as a tiny microscopic event now expands light years across and contains dust-balls 25,000 miles in circumference.