The Eagle Nebula
© 2016 Eric Marlatt
From the first moment I saw a picture of The Eagle Nebula taken through the Hubble telescope it has been one of my favorite objects, I was (and still am) completely awestruck by the huge columns of interstellar dust giving birth to new stars. It's been a tremendous amount of fun taking these pictures, I hope you enjoy this one.
The following was retrieved from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Nebula on September 5, 2016.
"The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula and The Spire) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Chéseaux in 1745–46. Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the Pillars of Creation."
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