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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:16 PM

The Eagle Nebula as never seen before



Satellite: Herschel, XMM-Newton, Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Messier 16 at different wavelengths
Copyright: far-infrared: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium; ESA/XMM-Newton/EPIC/XMM-Newton-SOC/Boulanger; optical: MPG/ESO; near-infrared:VLT/ISAAC/McCaughrean & Andersen/AIP/ESO

In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' image of the Eagle Nebula became one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Now, two of ESA's orbiting observatories have shed new light on this enigmatic star-forming region.

The Eagle Nebula is 6500 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. It contains a young hot star cluster, NGC6611, visible with modest back-garden telescopes, that is sculpting and illuminating the surrounding gas and dust, resulting in a huge hollowed-out cavity and pillars, each several light-years long.

The Hubble image hinted at new stars being born within the pillars, deeply inside small clumps known as 'evaporating gaseous globules' or EGGs. Owing to obscuring dust, Hubble's visible light picture was unable to see inside and prove that young stars were indeed forming.


The ESA Herschel Space Observatory's new image shows the pillars and the wide field of gas and dust around them. Captured in far-infrared wavelengths, the image allows astronomers to see inside the pillars and structures in the region.


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http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=49877

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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:49 PM

1. Way cool. Thanks for posting. n/t

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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:29 PM

2. It's kinda misleading to label the Hubble Palette as "visible"

 

While it's true that the three wavelengths are all in the visible spectrum, the palette is a false-color image.

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