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Gas Pillars in Eagle Nebula, HST
Gas Pillars in the Eagle Nebula are Star Nurseries

August 16

2000 - After 18 months of observations NASA's Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite, or SWAS, announces the detection of water vapor throughout interstellar space. "We can think of these stellar nurseries as giant chemical factories that are producing water vapor at a tremendous rate. The large amounts of water vapor present in regions of star formation will help the interstellar gas to cool, perhaps eventually triggering the birth of a future generation of stars." David Neufeld, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University.
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