Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Eagle Nebula (Messier 16)

The Eagle is an iconic object and home to the famous Hubble-imaged Pillars of Creation. Also an H II star forming region, the latest research suggests that the Pillars may have already been destroyed by a schockwave from a supernova explosion 8000 to 9000 years ago. We will probably have to wait another thousand years to find out if the relatively slow-moving shockwave from the supernova riped them to shreds.