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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M16 and the Eagle Nebula
NASA ^ | June 07, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 06/07/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: A star cluster around 2 million years young, M16 is surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the left edge of the frame is another dusty starforming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 and the Eagle Nebula lie about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).

June 07, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; eaglenebula; m16; nebula; science
[Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona]

1 posted on 06/07/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
Wow, nice star field, *and* a nebula!
The Big One

2 posted on 06/07/2014 9:57:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Here's one you might like...

The Milky Way over the Lake of Fire, ‘Lagoa do Fogo’ on the island São Miguel in the
Azores in Portugal. Credit and copyright: Miguel Claro.

3 posted on 06/07/2014 10:02:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

M16=The eagle?

That’s kind of cool! :-)


4 posted on 06/07/2014 10:19:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: BenLurkin

nice pic


5 posted on 06/07/2014 10:24:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SunkenCiv

That large shadowing triangular formation in the center reminds me of the Alien queen from Aliens.


6 posted on 06/07/2014 10:38:06 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: mdmathis6

I’ll pen a longer reply, but first I’ve got to get some Tums, I feel a sudden attack of acute heartburn and, YAAAAH!


7 posted on 06/07/2014 10:40:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: left that other site

:’)


8 posted on 06/07/2014 10:47:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

“check please!”

Hello mah baby, hello mah dahlin’....”


9 posted on 06/07/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: mdmathis6

;’)


10 posted on 06/07/2014 1:55:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not complaining here, just asking.

The thumbnails that appear on the ping appear to be formatted for a regular screen. However, many of the full-size photos are square, or very nearly so.

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11 posted on 06/07/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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