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This object is a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. 7,000 light-years distant from us, the soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers tall.  When Swiss astronomer Philippe Loys de Chéseaux discovered the Eagle Nebula in the mid-eighteenth century, he only described the cluster of stars surrounding it. Charles Messier independently rediscovered it in 1764 as part of his catalog, dubbing it M16.

This object is a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The Eagle nebula is giving birth to stars, light-years distant from us, the soaring tower is light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers tall.