Winning Picture!

The winner of Dr. Webb's "Pretty Picture Contest" in the Observational Astronomy Lab was this one of the Eagle Nebula reduced by Patrick Ford.

Patrick Ford

The Eagle Nebula, also called the "Pillars of Creation", is a star formation region approximately 7,000 light years away. Taken with a telescope at Cerro Tololo, Chile, this astounding image shows a stellar nursery, harboring numerous protostars that are just in the beginning stages of their lengthy lives. The Eagle Nebula gets its name from the resemblance of an eagle. At almost 10 light years tall, these pillars are as long as more than twice the distance from our Sun to the next-closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri.