Eagle Nebula


José J. Chambó

Hoya Redonda, Valencia (Spain)

GSO 8″ f/3.8 & Canon EOS-100D

The Eagle Nebula (M 16) imaged in a wide field frame. Is an active region in star formation, is about 7000 light-years distance in the constellation Serpens into one of the most dense zones Milky Way. Was discovered by Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe de Chéseaux in 1746.

Inside, a cluster of young stars shine strongly, the brightest star near center with a luminosity of an absolute magnitude up to one million times that our Sun. Below these stars, a dark silhouette stands out against the emission nebula: the “Pillars of Creation” are several columns composed of gas and dust which act as incubators for new stars and became famous after be imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995.