Monday, 14 September 2009

M16 - Eagle Nebula

M16 Eagle Nebula by Arran Hill

Full size image can be seen here : M16 with Atik 314L+

M16 in Serpens
5 x 15 minute exposures (75 minutes)
Skywatcher 8" Newt / Atik 314L+
Hoo Peninsula (Fairly dark sky site)

M16, also known as the Eagle Nebula, is 6,500 light years away. This area of the sky was made famous by the Hubble photograph entitled 'The Pillars of Creation'. These so called pillars are approximately 57 trillion miles high, and get their name due to the new star formation that happens there. This image was taken with a narrowband Hydrogen Alpha filter.

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