The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also
known as the Star Queen Nebula) is a young open cluster of stars in the
constellation Serpens. Its name derives from its shape that is thought to
resemble an eagle. It contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions.
The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is
catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about
7000 light-years distant.
M16 full size image
||Exp Time (s)
|July 14, 2002
|LRGB, Max Entropy, DDP