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The Details
M 16 The Eagle Nebula in Serpens
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass at f/8
Astro-Physics 1600 GTO with absolute encoders
FLI Proline 16803
Tru-Balance 5nm Hydrogen-Alpha
30 April 2016
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Ha 15 x 1200 sec, 1x1 bin
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack, Photoshop CS5
Field of View: 52' x 52' centered on RA 18h18m45s
DEC -13°47'01" (2000.0) . North angle 359.6 °; east 90° CCW from north.
The Eagle Nebula, M 16, consists of a young open star cluster surrounded by an immense cloud of hydrogen gas and dust spanning nearly 70 x 55 light-years in dimension.  This complex nominally lies 7,000 light-years from Earth and is located on the inner edge of the Milky Way’s Sagittarius-Carina Arm.

One portion of the Eagle Nebula, dubbed the Pillars of Creation, was made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995.  Three spectacular columns or pillars containing the materials for building new stars extend 4 light-years to make up this iconic image.  Young energetic stars are responsible for sculpting the pillars, using ultraviolet light to burn away some of the gas within the clouds.  

Another equally remarkable HST image of a portion of M 16 is the Eagle Fairy Pillar, an elongated and ghostly column located at a 10 o’clock position from the Pillars of Creation in the above image.

This work is a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich.




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