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Contains:  M 16, Eagle nebula, NGC 6611
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The Eagle Nebula, 





    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy
The Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula

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Resolution: 2400x2400

Dates:June 5, 2018

Frames:Astrodon LRGB CCD Imaging Filters (E-Series), Gen2: 31x300" bin 1x1

Integration: 2.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 20.99 days

Avg. Moon phase: 62.19%

Astrometry.net job: 2091778

RA center: 274.715 degrees

DEC center: -13.848 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.022 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.380 degrees

Field radius: 0.482 degrees

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Eagle Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Serpens and lies some 7000 light years away, and has been popularized by the Hubble image of the "Pillars of Creation" near the Eagle's head. The nebula is associated with a young open star cluster containing some 8000 stars and lies between the dark molecular cloud and the Pillars. The Pillars are an area of very active star formation.

Evidence from the Spitzer Telescope suggests that the pillars in M16 may already have been destroyed by a supernova explosion. Hot gas observed by Spitzer in 2007 suggests that the area was disturbed by a supernova that exploded some 8,000 to 9,000 years ago. Due to the distance of the nebula, the light from the supernova would have reached Earth between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago. The more slowly moving shock wave from the supernova would have taken a few thousand years to move through the nebula and would blow away the delicate pillars – but the light showing us the destruction will not reach the Earth for another millennium.

Source: Wikipedia

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The Eagle Nebula, 





    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy