A Starry Nursery

A pillar of dust in a star forming region of the Eagle Nebula (M16).

This mountain of interstellar gas and dust lies in the picturesque Eagle Nebula. Though it appears solid in this near-infrared image from JWST, the density of the structure is actually quite low. Jets and solar winds from the glowing, young stars inside the region sculpt the pillar’s shape. Over the next 100,000 years, the stars’ energetic jets, solar winds, and destructive supernovas will destroy the dusty nursery. (Image credit: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI/M. Özsaraç)

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