Star Formation Pillars in M16

[Star-Forming Pillars]
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Credit: Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen (Arizona State University), and NASA.

This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows gaseous pillars in a star-formation region of the Eagle Nebula (also known as M16, or Messier 16). Within the pillars are denser regions dubbed "Evaporating Gaseous Globules" (EGGs) containing embryonic stars. For further details, read the complete caption. Visit the Hubble server for more images of this phenomenon.