Stars from Eagle's EGGs
April 24, 2005
Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. This image from 1995, probably the most famous image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, 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.
Topics: Stellar astronomy, Open clusters, Messier objects, Bok globule, Trifid Nebula, Nebulae, Nebula, Star, Orion Nebula