APOD: Herschel's Eagle Nebula (2016 Jul 28)

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APOD: Herschel's Eagle Nebula (2016 Jul 28)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:10 am

Image Herschel's Eagle Nebula

Explanation: A now famous picture from the Hubble Space Telescope featured Pillars of Creation, star forming columns of cold gas and dust light-years long inside M16, the Eagle Nebula. This false-color composite image views the nearby stellar nursery using data from the Herschel Space Observatory's panoramic exploration of interstellar clouds along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Herschel's far infrared detectors record the emission from the region's cold dust directly. The famous pillars are included near the center of the scene. While the central group of hot young stars is not apparent at these infrared wavelengths, the stars' radiation and winds carve the shapes within the interstellar clouds. Scattered white spots are denser knots of gas and dust, clumps of material collapsing to form new stars. The Eagle Nebula is some 6,500 light-years distant, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).

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Re: APOD: Herschel's Eagle Nebula (2016 Jul 28)

Post by geckzilla » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:33 am

In the top middle of the image is a long seam running vertically with streams of dust flowing outward from the seam. A very typical formation in dusty stellar nurseries.
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Re: APOD: Herschel's Eagle Nebula (2016 Jul 28)

Post by bystander » Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:25 pm

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Re: APOD: Herschel's Eagle Nebula (2016 Jul 28)

Post by Boomer12k » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:50 pm

Awesome...Science is SO Amazing...

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