10th Feb 2013

M16: The Eagle Nebula

Messier 16 is a majestic nebula 75 lightyears across, located in the constellation of Serpens 7,000 lightyears from Earth. Its ultra-cool fields of gas and dust include the famed Pillars of Creation, and they’re stellar nurseries that give birth to new stars. The gas and dust is often obscuring, so the images above have been captured in wavelengths that can peer through the obscurity, such as infrared and X-ray. Each gives us a different glimpse of this awe-inspiring region.

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