Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. This image shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars’ end, the intense radiation of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of dense EGGs exposed. The Eagle Nebula, associated with the open star cluster M16, lies about 7000 light years away.

Scientific information is taken from Astronomy Picture of the Day/NASA

This quilt won a Gold Award in the 7th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. The exhibition began at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo and then the winning works (including Eagle Nebula) traveled to Nagoya, Ishikawa, Hiroshima, Kyushu, and Osaka Japan; and then to Birmingham U.K, Vald’Argent France, Houston Texas, and finally to Shanghai China. Before this tour, this quilt was shown at the Museum of Natural Science here in Raleigh and at the Artspace three person show. It was featured in the middle school textbook Women in Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier and was shown at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2005, this quilt went to American Quilter’s Exposition in Nashville Tennessee.

This quilt hangs in a private residence in Encinitas, CA