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11.09.05

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.