Head of Column No. 2 in Eagle Nebula

Enlarged view of the head of Column 2. The bright blue-yellow source embedded in nebulosity near the tip is another young star unseen in the Hubble images: although it appears to be double here, it is in fact just one relatively massive young star surrounding by nebulosity.

Technical information: The region shown measures 1.9 x 2.8 light-years (0.6 x 0.9 pc). The intensity scalings have been adjusted to better show the young stars embedded in the head of each column. North is up and East left.

Credit:

ESO/M.McCaughrean & M.Andersen (AIP)

About the Image

Id:eso0142d
Type:Observation
Release date:20 December 2001
Related releases:eso0142
Size:800 x 598 px

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, Messier 16
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:7000 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 18 48.01
Position (Dec):-13° 49' 12.33"
Field of view:0.91 x 0.68 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 3.3° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.2 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
H
1.65 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
K
Very Large Telescope
ISAAC

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