Pillars of Creation Photo
M16 Eagle Nebula Poster

Pillars of Creation Photo
Pillars of Creation Photo
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This photo taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars' end, the intense radiation of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of dense EGGs exposed. The Eagle Nebula, associated with the open star cluster M16, lies about 7000 light years away.
For a very high resolution wide field image of M16 see M16 Inside the Eagle Nebula
Note: Image has been very slightly retouched where sensors are missing data.

Credit: HST
Text: APOD