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Billowing Tower of Gas and Dust
Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometres high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star.
Image: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA [high-resolution]
Caption: Hubble Heritage Team
This animation, comprised of images taken by the Russian Elektro-L weather satellite from a geostationary orbit at a distance of 36,000 km, shows the changing illumination of Earth as it rotated on the autumnal equinox.
Credit: Roscosmos / Vitaliy Egorov