About the Image
- NASA/ ESA/STScI/J. Hester & P. Scowen (Arizona State University)
About the Object
- Eagle Nebula • Pillars of Creation
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- 7,000 Light Years
- Position (undefined)
- RA = 3h 1m 56.0s
- Dec = 60° 35' 50.0"
- Field of View
- 0.0 x 0.0 arcminutes
- North is up
Hubble Image of the Eagle Nebula
This is an iconic visible-light image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the Eagle Nebula, which also features a star-forming region, or nebula, that is being sculpted into pillars by radiation and winds from hot, massive stars. The Eagle Nebula is part of a much larger region dubbed the "Mountains of Creation" which were mapped by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
The pillars are part of a region called W5 by astronomers, in the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years away and 50 light-years across.
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