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M16: Pillars of Creation

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#98919 by @ 19.02.2007 00:00 - nach oben -
M16: Pillars of Creation

It has become one of the most famous images of modern times.

This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs)
emerging from pillars of molecular
hydrogen gas and

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.

The pillars of creation were
imaged recently by the orbiting
Chandra X-ray Observatory, and it was found that most EGGS are not strong emitters of

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