This object is a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The Eagle nebula is giving birth to stars, light-years distant from us, the soaring tower is light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers tall.
The Milky Way, Canterbury, New Zealand. I saw the Milky Way on a night drive to Armstrong with dad once. It's as fresh in my mind as yesterday. Church of the Good Shepherd - on the shores of Lake Tekapo, South Island, NZ.