Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M16 and the Eagle Nebula
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).
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[Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona]
That’s kind of cool! :-)
That large shadowing triangular formation in the center reminds me of the Alien queen from Aliens.
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!
Hello mah baby, hello mah dahlin’....”
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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