Eagle Nebula
About 300 light years across and 9,000 light years distant, the Eagle Nebula can be found in the constellation Serpens. Stars are being formed in pillars of gas trillions of miles long. The nebula glows via hydrogen alpha emission. The Eagle Nebula is also designated M16 and NGC 6611.

July 6, 2002, 11:00 pm
Onizuka Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Takahashi FSQ-106, f/5
Luminance 240s, Red 240s, Green 240s, Blue 252s