The Eagle Nebula

This is an animation of the Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16 or NGC 6611. Its name derives from its shape that is thought to resemble an eagle.

It is a young open cluster with about 460 stars in the constellation of Serpens, 7000 light years away. The nebula contains several star-forming dust and gas regions, including the so called "Pillars of Creation", which were discovered by Hubble in 1995. These observations greatly improved the scientific understanding of processes inside nebulae.


Theofanis N. Matsopoulos/ESA

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Release date:17 July 2014, 15:48
Duration:23 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M 16, NGC 6611
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Star Clusters

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