May 2012 - Stellar powerhouses in the Eagle Nebula
This collection of dazzling stars is called NGC 6611. It is an open star cluster that formed about 5.5 million years ago and is found approximately 6500 light-years from the Earth. It is a very young cluster, containing many hot, blue stars, whose fierce ultraviolet glow make the surrounding Eagle Nebula glow brightly.
ESA/Hubble and NASA