Meteorites confirm our solar system was 'born' when a small star exploded and died
A low-mass supernova 4.6 billion years ago triggered the formation of our solar system and its planets 11/29/16 WIRED UK That cloud might be similar to this much larger complex of gas and dust about 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus
M16 The Eagle Nebula. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the left edge of the frame is another dusty star forming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 and the Eagle Nebula lie about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpents Cauda (the tail of the snake).