The Eagle Nebula

This eerie, dark structure, resembling an imaginary sea serpent's head, is a column of cool molecular hydrogen gas (two atoms of hydrogen in each molecule) and dust that is an incubator for new stars. The stars are embedded inside finger-like protrusions extending from the top of the nebula. Each 'fingertip' is somewhat larger than our own solar system.

Credit:

Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen (Arizona State University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9544b
Type:Observation
Release date:2 November 1995, 06:00
Size:769 x 751 px

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, Messier 16
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7000 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda


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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 18 50.83
Position (Dec):-13° 48' 59.34"
Field of view:1.27 x 1.24 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 42.7° right of vertical
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