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The European Southern Observatory just released this gorgeous image of the Eagle Nebula:
The Eagle is a sprawling cloud of gas and dust that is actively forming stars — it was made famous by the Hubble image of the dark clouds in the center which were called The Pillars of Creation. This ESO image was taken with a 2.2 meter telescope in Chile, and covers an impressive area of the sky equal to the size of the full Moon! The colors here are false, the image is in the near infrared (though the press release does not state what other filters were used, frustratingly [UPDATE: I have been infor