Behold: countless newborn stars forming in the Eagle Nebula. To wit:

Gravitationally contracting in pillars of dense gas and dust, the intense radiation of these newly-formed bright stars is causing surrounding material to boil away. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in near infrared light, allows the viewer to see through much of the thick dust that makes the pillars opaque in visible light. The giant structures are light years in length and dubbed informally the Pillars of Creation. Associated with the open star cluster M16, the Eagle Nebula lies about 6,500 light years away. The Eagle Nebula is an easy target for small telescopes in a nebula-rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).

Previously: Behold The Pillars Of Creation

(Image: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Processing: Luis Romero)


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9 thoughts on “Eagle-Eyed

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I love these posts, and such beautiful pictures and vistas.

    But forgive me, I cannot help the pareidolia. Once I see it, I cannot unsee it.

    From the top I see a plucked chicken with a little cat head instead of a chicken’s one. Below that, a are and below that a cat looking up at the Pillars!

      1. Slightly Bemused

        I did not even go into the red centaur with a phoenix on it’s head, holding a daschund!

          1. Slightly Bemused

            That could bring you to some strange places! I think my funniest experience one time was returning to a place I had worked previously, and the very self important person who was my manager brought me to a restaurant.
            He loudly informed the staff I was new and asked they give me the same courtesy they gave him.
            The waitress promptly embraced me, which she had never done to him, and started telling me how her little one was doing in college. When I was there before, I had seen her crying and asked the problem. She did not have the money for her final year in second level school (they called it baccalaureate there). It was a matter of only a hundred dollars, but for so many, particularly girls, this was insurmountable. So I paid it.
            But the look on your man’s face was worth every penny, although the little lady was worth it anyway.
            My daughter told her boyfriend I am a spy. I am not, but the reputation is fun :-)

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