Monday, July 14, 2008

Say It With Science

Say it with science

Eagle Support Stellar Spire

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

The Eagle has risen: Stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula

"Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometres high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star.

Stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen gas that reside in chaotic neighbourhoods, where energy from young stars sculpts fantasy-like landscapes in the gas. The tower may be a giant incubator for those newborn stars. A torrent of ultraviolet light from a band of massive, hot, young stars [off the top of the image] is eroding the pillar."

Can I offer an Eagle to compensate for too many cats? In particular this Eagle that appears like a fairy-tale creature? :-)

Xineann is like the Eagle Nebula. She is an incubator of stellar births and she nurture them well.

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