Messier Catalog » M16 — NGC 6611 Eagle Nebula Cluster

M16 is called the Eagle Nebula due to its overall shape, but it's the smoky columns that span lightyears in height that make it famous. The columns are called the Pillars of Creation.
M16: The Eagle Nebula

M16 is called the Eagle Nebula due to its overall shape, but it's the smoky columns that span lightyears in height that make it famous. The columns are called the Pillars of Creation.

Located along the 'spine' of the Milky Way near several other popular nebulae, M16 has many names from the Star Queen to the Eagle Nebula. A vast emission nebula, at its heart lies the fabled Pillars of Creation. Just over 3 hours exposure went into this image.
M16 Eagle Nebula

Located along the 'spine' of the Milky Way near several other popular nebulae, M16 has many names from the Star Queen to the Eagle Nebula. A vast emission nebula, at its heart lies the fabled Pillars of Creation. Just over 3 hours exposure went into this image.

The Eagle Nebula spreads its wings along the spine of the Milky Way. It embraces massive pillars of star-forming dust known as the Pillars of Creation.
M16: Portrait of the Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula spreads its wings along the spine of the Milky Way. It embraces massive pillars of star-forming dust known as the Pillars of Creation.

I only spent 30 minutes imaging the heart of the Eagle Nebula (M16) commonly known as the Pillars of Creation. This shot is a combination of RGB and Hydrogen alpha.
The Pillars of Creation

I only spent 30 minutes imaging the heart of the Eagle Nebula (M16) commonly known as the Pillars of Creation. This shot is a combination of RGB and Hydrogen alpha.

 
RA

18h 18.8m

Dec

-13°47

Magnitude

6.4 ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚫⚫⚫⚫

Size

7

Distance

7,000 light years

Season

☀ Summer

Difficulty

🟢 Easy