Tour of Eagle Nebula

This video gives a tour of different images that have been taken of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.

It begins by zooming out from a three-colour composite mosaic image of the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16), based on images obtained with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope. Faded over this is a view of the Pillars of Creation in infrared taken with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.

Next the video shows three Hubble images of, in order of appearance, a stellar spire in the nebula, an open star cluster known as NGC 6611, and a collection of very bright young stars in the northwestern part of the region.

Just before the last of these images fades in a new Hubble image of the pillars, taken in infrared, comes into view in the very centre, followed by its new companion image taken in visible light.



Image credits: NASA, the Hubble Heritage Team, ESO, M. McCaughrean & M. Andersen (AIP)

About the Video

Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1501
Duration:36 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M 16, Messier 16
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation



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