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New view of the Eagle Nebula

Dr Amanda Doyle, Feature writer
Jan 18, 2012, 8:00 UTC

ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and XMM-Newton telescopes have captured a stunning new view of the iconic Eagle Nebula. The nebula is most famous for the “Pillars of Creation” photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 which was taken in the visible region of the spectrum. However this new image shows detail of the star forming region in the far-infrared and X-ray regions. Herschel can peek inside the dust pillars in the infrared while at the opposite end of the spectrum XMM-Newton is optimised for observing the hot young stars that sculpted the pillars.

Full image credit: Far-infrared - ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium. X-ray - ESA/XMM-Newton/EPIC/XMM-Newton-SOC/Boulanger