The Eagle Nebula

18 Jan

Combining almost opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum, this composite of the Herschel in far-infrared and XMM-Newton’s X-ray images shows how the hot young stars detected by the X-ray observations are sculpting and interacting with the surrounding ultra-cool gas and dust, which, at only a few degrees above absolute zero, is the critical material for star formation itself. Both wavelengths would be blocked by Earth’s atmosphere, so are critical to our understanding of the lifecycle of stars

Image Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium


Posted by on January 18, 2012 in NASA, Photo, Science, Space


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4 responses to “The Eagle Nebula

  1. in every atom

    January 21, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Wow, such a beautiful image. Looks like there is a castle on the left side.

    • Craig & Joe

      January 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I didn’t see that until you pointed it out 🙂

  2. charlesmichelduke

    January 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Because we can only see in visible light, there would be so much that we would miss out on if we did not have the technology to really peer into these wonderful structures of the universe. Absolutely fantastic!

  3. Craig & Joe

    January 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    You couldn’t be more right


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