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Paper: Star Formation in the Eagle Nebula
Monograph: 5, Handbook of Star Forming Regions:
Volume II, The Southern Sky
Page: 599
Abstract: M16 (the Eagle Nebula) is a striking star forming region, with a complex morphology of gas and dust sculpted by the massive stars in NGC 6611. Detailed studies of the famous “elephant trunks” dramatically increased our understanding of the massive star feedback into the parent molecular cloud. A rich young stellar population (2−3Myr) has been identified, from massive O-stars down to substellar masses. Deep into the remnant molecular material, embedded protostars, Herbig-Haro objects and maser sources bear evidence of ongoing star formation in the nebula, possibly triggered by the massive cluster members. M16 is a excellent template for the study of star formation under the hostile environment created by massive O-stars. This review aims at providing an observational overview not only of the young stellar population but also of the gas remnant of the star formation process.
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