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01.09.07

24 Micron View of the Eagle Nebula

This infrared view of the Eagle Nebula is packed with drama, because it tells astronomers that a star in this region violently erupted, or went supernova, heating surrounding dust (orange). This view also reveals that the hot dust is shell shaped, another indication that a star exploded.This image was taken in 24-micron light.