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Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are
evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool
cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be
imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several
striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be
described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is
ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than
common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a
giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a
growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery
currently forming an open cluster of stars. The above image in
scientifically re-assigned colors was released in 2005 as part
of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the
Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Breakthroughs

  Orbiting the Earth for over two decades, Hubble has helped
  to answer some of the most compelling astronomical questions
  of our time -- and uncovered mysteries we never knew
  existed. Investigating everything from black holes to
  planets around other stars, Hubble has changed the face of
  astronomy, ushering in a new chapter of humanity's
  exploration of the universe. The major discoveries fall in
  the areas of Cosmology, Planetary Science and Galactic

Hubblecast 51 | Star-forming region S 106

Hubblecast 37 | Energetic Star Formation: Bubbles And Baby Stars

Hubblecast 44: Hubble spies on the Tarantula Nebula


Hubblecast 32 | Born in Beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula ~ Ultra HD 4K ~

Webb Space Telescope will study planetary bodies

Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive