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Eagle Nebula

Eagle Nebula

This famous photo from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the birthplace of new stars. They are forming in the projecting fingers of gas at the top of the Eagle Nebula. Astronomers have christened these regions EGGs (evaporating gas globules). The Eagle Nebula is in the constellation Serpens, a grouping of stars faintly visible in the northern sky during winter, when viewed from New Zealand.

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Hubble Space Telescope
Reference: NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

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John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Night sky - Southern stars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7903/eagle-nebula (accessed 6 June 2020)

Story by John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006