The Eagle Nebula, M16

This wide-field image of the Eagle Nebula was taken at the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak with the NOAO Mosaic CCD camera. Located in the constellation of Serpens, the Serpent, the Eagle Nebula is a very luminous open cluster of stars surrounded by dust and gas. The three pillars at the center of the image, made famous in an image by the Hubble Space Telescope, are being sculpted by the intense radiation from the hot stars in the cluster. This image was created by combining emission-line images in Hydrogen-alpha (green), Oxygen [O III] (blue) and Sulfur [S II] (red).

Credit:

T.A.Rector (NRAO/AUI/NSF and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA) and B.A.Wolpa (NOIRLab/NSF/AURA)

About the Image

Id:noao-04086
Type:Observation
Release date:Sept. 18, 2002, 9:49 a.m.
Related announcements:noaoann02010
Size:5477 x 5610 px

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M16, NGC 6611
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 18 58.99
Position (Dec):-13° 49' 49.38"
Field of view:38.82 x 39.76 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 89.8° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWave-lengthTele-scope
Optical
Olll
499 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
Ha
656 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
Sll
672 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic I