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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Eagle and The Swan
NASA ^ | May 31, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/31/2013 3:24:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: The Eagle Nebula and the Swan Nebula span this broad starscape, a telescopic view of the Sagittarius spiral arm toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Eagle, also known as M16, is left, above center, and the Swan, or M17 at the lower right. The deep, wide-field image shows the cosmic clouds as brighter regions of active star-formation. They lie along the spiral arm suffused with reddish emission charactistic of atomic hydrogen gas, and dusty dark nebulae. In fact, the center of both nebulae are locations of well-known close-up images of star formation from the Hubble Space Telescope. M17, also called the Omega Nebula, is about 5500 light-years away, while M16 is some 6500 light-years distant. In the frame that covers 3 degrees across the sky, the extended wings of the Eagle Nebula are spread over 120 light-years.

May 31, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; m16; m17; omeganebula; sagittarius; science
[Credit & Copyright: Dieter Willasch (Astro-Cabinet)]

1 posted on 05/31/2013 3:24:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
The big one.

2 posted on 05/31/2013 3:25:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
For a second, I thought this thread was about Gatchaman. There are two characters that are called by the same appellations as in the title . . .


3 posted on 05/31/2013 4:23:20 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SunkenCiv

Eagle and Swan?

I see a pair of kidneys! LOL!


4 posted on 05/31/2013 5:44:31 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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