The Eagle's EGGs: Fertile or sterile?

  title={The Eagle's EGGs: Fertile or sterile?},
  author={Mark J. Mccaughrean and Morten Andersen},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
We present a deep, high spatial resolution (0.35 arcsec FWHM), near-infrared (1{2.5 m) imaging survey of the Eagle Nebula, M 16, made with the VLT, centred on the famous elephant trunks. We compare these data with the existing HST optical images to search for evidence of ongoing or recent star formation in the trunks, and in particular in the 73 small evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) on their surface. We nd that two of the three HST trunks have relatively massive YSOs in their tips. Most of… Expand

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