eagle nebula - Freddie Dorgler The Eagle Nebula The Eagle...

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Freddie Dorgler The Eagle Nebula The Eagle Nebula is one of the most easily recognized and famous space objects. It is a young, open cluster of stars in the Serpens
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constellation, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1746. The nebula’s region, known as “the Pillars of Creation” resides about 7,000 light years from earth. The “Pillars of Creation” are a large area of star formation. Its small dark areas are believed to be protostars . The pillar structure of the region resembles that of another, much larger star formation region, imaged by Spitzer Space Telescope in 2005 in Cassiopeia , which is designated W5 and usually called "Mountains of Creation". This region is dominated by a single massive star, whose location outside the pictured area is "pointed out" by the finger-like pillars. The pillars themselves are colossal, together resembling a mountain range. For comparison, the pillars in the Eagle Nebula are less than one- tenth their size. The largest of the pillars seen by Spitzer entombs hundreds of never-before-seen
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ASTR 100 taught by Professor Steinhauer during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Geneseo.

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