(via APOD: 2012 April 16 - The Eagle Nebula from Kitt Peak)
The NOAO’s Kitt Peak telescope is one of the longest running telescopes in the NOAO’s “repository” of ‘scopes. It is also extremely powerful and can get some amazing shots. The clear air and lack of light pollution on the Arizona desert mesa provides good viewing conditions.
From further away, the Eagle Nebula looks a bit more like its namesake, but this slightly zoomed in shot provides a nice view of the “heart” of the Eagle, and includes the iconic Pillars of Creation (center) and the Fairy of Eagle Nebula (rising from the lower-left of center).
Image Credit: T. A. Rector & B. A. Wolpa, NOAO, AURA
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