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Desktop Wallpaper: Deep space nebula

The Eagle Nebula

The mysterious nebula is arguably the most awe-inspiring cosmological phenomena known. The images published by our friends at NASA reveal the vastness of the universe and make for some mesmerizing desktop wallpaper.

One of the most striking images produced by the Hubble Telescope was this view of the Eagle Nebula showing columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust.

Note: All of the images and descriptions are courtesy of NASA and many more are available on the NASA Web site. For best results, click the View full size link under each image. This gallery was originally published in November 2011.

Credit: NASA

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.