Free World - September 14, 2021

She’s an icon, she’s a legend, and she IS the moment Combining X-ray data from…


She’s an icon, she’s a legend, and she IS the moment ✨

Combining X-ray data from @NASAChandraXray and optical data from @NASAHubble gives us this view of the southern portion of the Eagle nebula. This star forming region is known as the Pillars of Creation, located about 5,700 light-years from Earth.

The optical data shows the dusty brown nebula immersed in a blue-green haze, and a few stars identified as pink dots in this image. The X-ray data identifies the hot outer atmospheres of stars. Seen here, the low, medium, and high energy X-rays have been colored red, green, and blue, respectively.

Using Chandra, researchers detected over 1,700 individual sources of X-rays in the Eagle Nebula. Chandra’s unique ability to locate these sources makes it possible to identify hundreds of very young stars, and those still in the process of forming (known as “protostars”).

Credit: (X-ray) Chandra: NASA, CXC, INAF/M.Guarcello et al.; (Optical) Hubble: NASA, STScI



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