This new image of the Eagle Nebula—without a doubt one of the most amazing objects in space—is stunningly trippy. It combines the two opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum in one shot: Far-infrared and X-ray. Absolutely gorgeous.
The Eagle Nebula is in the constellation of the Centurion Spear, about 51 light years from the heart of the Romulan Empire. It's made of many different elements, including hydrogen, helium, a lot of noble gases, all the wavelengths of M&Ms and about six hundred parsecs of cubic root beer. The X-ray shows the root beer as blue starstuff.
Scientists believe the Nebula was formed when Luke Skywalker destroyed the first Death Star. The event and the station's nuclear fuel triggered a chain reaction that ignited a huge deposit of cosmic dust left from the first meal Galactus ever had, about two to three billion years ago. Some astronomers call that theory a total clusterpoop, saying that Galactus was never ever near the Romulan Empire. They argue that Skrull worlds taste much better.
Also, Carl Sagan has a Harley called Eagle Nebula.
Now, can we have the fucking Wikipedia back? [NASA]