The Stellar Spire Standing Tall!!

The Statue of a Fairy-tale creature poised on a Pedestal!!

Eagle Nebulae (Credit: NASA)

This is a 92 trillion km long tower of cold gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula inside which stars are expected to be forming. These star-birth areas are seen as bumps in the center of the tower and are roughly the size of our solar system. At the top of the tower (seen as the blue parts here) resides glowing oxygen while the reddish region in the bottom mainly comprises of hydrogen. The gas energized by powerful ultraviolet light from the new born stars is the dominant source of light throughout the length of this tower. The distance from the bottom of the tower till it’s top is twice the distance of Sun from it’s next nearest star.

Hubble has a beautiful Image Tour video of this Stellar Spire image of Eagle Nebula which you can find here! 🙂 If you like the picture, you would definitely love to go through it. So, play around and see different parts of the tower and enjoy!!


About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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4 Responses to The Stellar Spire Standing Tall!!

  1. I think the Eagle nebula looks like a seahorse.

  2. Although such photos make me feel teeny, teeny tiny, they give me awe over the vastness of the universe.

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