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Thursday, July 16, 2009

High Resolution Photo of Eagle Nebula

The fascinating Eagle Nebula is a dust filled stellar nursery filled with dust and lit up by bright infant stars. This new image, captured by the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter Telescope at La Silla, Chile, is one of the widest high-resolution shots of the nebula ever taken.

The “Pillars of Creation,” made famous by a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, can be seen near the center of the image and the “Spire” appears to the left. The pillars are being shaped out of dust by the strong winds and intense ultraviolet light created by star births.

The nebula gets its name from its overall shape, which looks a little like an eagle with the pillars for talons.

link: Spectacular Wide-Field View of Eagle Nebula in High-Res | Wired Science |


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