Pillars of Creation
More from the AAS meeting: Infrared observations suggest that the famous Eagle Nebula may be blown away by a nearby supernova. Not to worry, if so it will be visible in all its beauty for 1000 years. Here we see the process of star formation. The immense pillars are cocoons containing infant stars. Somehow the highly diffuse interstellar gas is collapsing into a point so hot and dense that nuclear fusion is ignited. During this process, something prevents that heat from dissipating the cloud and ending the birth.
One way to produce this formation would be if a tiny Black Hole, or many, collided with the cloud. Small singularities would naturally gather material around them, but would not be big enough to suck up the whole cloud. At their centres, gravity and Hawking radiation would produce the conditions for stars to ignite. The heat produced would balance gravity’s inward pull so that the stars burned steadily. The Black Holes may still be in the stars’ cores, quietly contributing to their power output.