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Title: M16, The Star-Queen Nebula

Source: NASA

Information: The Star-Queen, or Eagle Nebula, in the constellation Serpens, is one of the more striking deep sky objects visible from the solar system. The nebula contains many very young stars, their average age being about 800,000 years old, with some stars as young as 50,000 years old. Most of the stars in this nebulous cluster are still undergoing gravitational contraction. The Star Queen Nebula was named by Robert Burnham, Jr. in his excellent and recommended Celestial Handbook.