M16 The Eagle Nebula -
9.04.05

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Orion 100mm
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: None
Exposure:  5 Minutes
Time:
Location: Russia, NY
M16 , the Eagle Nebula is both an open star cluster and a large bright area of emission nebulosity. It is located in the south east corner of
Serpens Cauda, close to the Scutum boundary. Within M16 are several complex star forming regions, the most noteworthy of which is
variously referred to as the "Towering Pillars" (made famous by the HST image). Towards the centre in this photograph, it is a giant
structure more than 6 light years from end to end. Another giant star forming region is the "elephant trunk" structure to the north east. M16
is about 7,000 light years distant .
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