Ed Bianchina's Astronomy



The Eagle Nebula - Wide Field - 2010

« Back to Album Photo 29 of 37 Previous | Next
The Eagle Nebula - Wide Field - 2010
The Eagle Nebula (cataloged as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. Its name derives from its shape which is resemblant of an eagle. It is the subject of a famous photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula. (taken from Wikipedia)
Posted on May 17, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow