|The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating.
As powerful starlight whittles away these
cool cosmic mountains, the
statuesque pillars that remain
might be imagined as mythical beasts.
Pictured above is one of several striking
dust pillars of the
that might be described as a gigantic alien
This fairy, however, is ten
light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than
The greater Eagle Nebula, M16,
is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and
dust inside of which is a growing
cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an
open cluster of stars.
The above image in scientifically re-assigned colors was
in 2005 as part of the
fifteenth anniversary celebration of the
launch of the
Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team,