Mars, Venus and a Crescent Moon in the twilight hours.
I didn't need a telescope to capture this image of Mars, Venus and the moon last night.
These three object were exceptionally close to each other on Tuesday night in a rare celestial treat called a conjunction.
M16, The Eagle Nebula
Evidence from the Spitzer Space Telescope suggests that the pillars in M16 may already have been destroyed by a supernova explosion. Due to the distance of the nebula, the light from the supernova would have reached Earth between 1000 and 2000 years ago. The more slowly moving shock wave from the supernova light showing us the destruction will not reach the Earth for another millennium.