cosmicphotos

"The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 82)
Astrophotography by Jason Jennings

<< Back to Gallery
Nebulae :: M16


M16

 

Resolutions Available: 600x800 : 1200x1600 : 1800x2400
         Object M16 - Star Queen Nebula
         Comment Discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46, The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula and The Spire) is a young open cluster of stars surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas in the constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake). Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the Pillars of Creation. This region is approximately 7,000 light-years distant.

Image is a [HA+L][HA+R]GB composite with an OIII overlay clipping mask.
         Optics Modified ASA N16 Astrograph F/3.5 (1420mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Aspen CG16070 - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.07 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 14.5 hours
         Date September 2015

Share on Facebook?  Post at Delicious?  Stumble this image?  Digg this image?

 

© 2018 Jason Jennings