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Anne’s Image of the Day: Dust Pillar the “Spire”

21 Mar 2014, 13:31 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Dust Pillar the “Spire”
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March 21, 2014 The Spire, a dust pillar in the Eagle Nebula Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA) The Spire is a pillar of cold gas and dust – looking like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal – of about 9.5 light-years high within the Eagle Nebula (Messier [continue reading]

March 21, 2014
The Spire, a dust pillar in the Eagle Nebula

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
The Spire is a pillar of cold gas and dust – looking like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal – of about 9.5 light-years high within the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16), located some 7,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Serpens Cauda (Serpent’s Tail).
The Eagle Nebula contains several evaporating dust sculptures, such as this “Spire” and the “Pillars of Creation”. In fact, the Eagle Nebula is 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.
Stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen gas that reside in chaotic neighborhoods, where energy from young ...

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