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The Eagle Nebula
Picture of the Eagle Nebula

NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

These eerie, dark, pillar-like structures are actually columns of cool hydrogen gas and dust that are incubators for new stars. The pillars part of the Eagle Nebula, a nearby star-forming region 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Serpens.