Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Hubble finds EGGs in an eagle's nest


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Focusing the Hubble Space Telescope and its wide field planetary camera (WFPC) on a nebula 7000 light years away, astronomers have spied some newborns emerging from their EGGs.

The newborns are stars rising from evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) in, appropriately enough, the Eagle Nebula(right). The EGGs—which appear as bulbous bumps protruding from the surface of these cosmic stalagmites of hydrogen and dust—are incubators of new stars, according to Jeff Hester and colleagues from the Arizona State University.