The Eagle Nebula
July 17, 2009
Three-color composite mosaic image of the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16, or NGC 6611), based on images obtained with the Wide-Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory. At the centre, the so-called â€œPillars of Creationâ€ can be seen. This wide-field image shows not only the central pillars, but also several others in the same star-forming region, as well as a huge number of stars in front of, in, or behind the Eagle Nebula. The cluster of bright stars to the upper right is NGC 6611, home to the massive and hot stars that illuminate the pillars. The â€œSpireâ€ â€” another large pillar â€” is in the middle left of the image.
Topics: Universe, Astrophysics, Astronomy, La Silla Observatory, NGC 6820 and NGC, Pillars of Creation, Eagle Nebula, Serpens constellation, Helix Nebula, Nebula, Messier objects, Technology Internet