This beautiful composition of the Eagle Nebula was taken in the Spring of 2017 from the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, AZ. The Eagle Nebula is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the aforementioned Pillars of Creation.1
Kitt Peak National Observatory supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories, and is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation. It has a Visitor Center open daily to the public.
Photographers: Ruben Salinas & James Winsky
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Nebula)