The 'Pillars of Creation'
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February 17, 2007

The 'Pillars of Creation'

M16_4A new look at the famous "Pillars of Creation" with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has allowed astronomers to peer inside the dark columns of gas and dust. This penetrating view of the central region of the Eagle Nebula reveals how much star formation is happening inside these iconic structures.

These eerie, dramatic pictures from the Hubble telescope show newborn stars emerging from dense, compact pockets of interstellar gas called evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs). Hubble found the "EGGs," appropriately enough, in the Eagle nebula, a nearby star-forming region 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens.

The finger-like columns — dubbed "elephant trunks" — protrude from the wall of a vast cloud of molecular hydrogen, like stalagmites rising above the floor of a cavern. Inside the gaseous towers, which are light-years long, the interstellar gas is dense enough to collapse under its own weight, forming young stars that continue to grow as they accumulate more and more mass from their surroundings.

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El pilar de la creaciòn es una de las vistas mas HERMOSAS que existe en el firmamaento, ahì se puede apreciar en toda su magnitud la MANO DE DIOS ...Para mì en forma especial es grandioso y fascinante que haya podido ver....me gusta mucho pintar el espacio con todas las maravillas CROMATICAS cual SINFONIAS ABUNDANTES LLENAS DE ESPECTACULOS Y MATEMATICAS NOS ESTAN IRRADIANDO CONSTANTEMENTE.
Felicitaciones por la pag. es muy interesante y didactico para todos nosotros......hermosa pag. unABRAZO

thank you


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