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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Inside the Eagle Nebula
NASA ^ | February 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 02/16/2014 7:25:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this window, a brightly-lit workshop appears where a whole open cluster of stars is being formed. In this cavity tall pillars and round globules of dark dust and cold molecular gas remain where stars are still forming. Already visible are several young bright blue stars whose light and winds are burning away and pushing back the remaining filaments and walls of gas and dust. The Eagle emission nebula, tagged M16, lies about 6500 light years away, spans about 20 light-years, and is visible with binoculars toward the constellation of the Serpent (Serpens). This picture combines three specific emitted colors and was taken with the 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA.

February 16, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; eaglenebula; m16; nebula; science
[Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector & B. A. Wolpa, NOAO, AURA]

1 posted on 02/16/2014 7:25:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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The Big One

2 posted on 02/16/2014 7:28:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I see a woman laying on her stomach.
Upper left corner, angled.
She has orange blond hair cropped short.


3 posted on 02/16/2014 7:55:07 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Here again is an overlay on the Starry Night sky map. I had to turn off daylight to get the view for this date, but M16 is visible at this latitude. This is a very large scale image. Note the small namesake spreadeagle perched on the interestingly shaped perch right at the center. The image is rotated by about 100 degrees for the overlay, but the eagle is still at the center of course. Need I add that the whole image is about the size of the full moon? Well, it is!
4 posted on 02/16/2014 8:28:41 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

Interstellar Rorschach test.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 8:53:29 PM PST by Redcitizen (When a zombie apocalypse starts, Chuck Norris doesn't try to survive. The zombies do.)
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