The Eagle Nebula

What is it?
It is a young open cluster of still forming stars in the constellation Serpens, Its name comes from it shape, as it resembles an eagle. The eagle nebula is about 50 light years across, and the towering pillars of dust are approximately 57 trillion miles high.

It was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745. It is 7,000 light years away from from us. The most famous picture of the nebula was taken in 1995 by the Hubble Telescope. The Photo shows large pillars of dust in which stars are being created, and the small dark areas are believed to be prostars. Scientists believe that star formation may have peaked within the nebula about 1 million years ago. In 2007, scientists discovered evidence that indicates the Pillars were destroyed by a nearby supernova explosion about 6,000 years ago, but the light showing the new shape of the nebula will not reach Earth for another millennium.

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My Thoughts:
The Eagle nebula seemed like an interesting topic to me mostly because I liked its name. But as I researched and learned more about what it actually was it became more interesting and I was glad I had picked this topic.