Head of Column No. 4 in Eagle Nebula

Enlarged view of the head of Column 4 in the Eagle Nebula. This column is similar to the more familiar ones, but thus far less impacted by the massive stars in NGC6611. The two red nebulosities in the head signpost one or more young stars so deeply embedded that they cannot be seen directly in the VLT infrared image, only indirectly as they illuminate dust around them. One of these sources is thought to be the origin of the Herbig-Haro object HH216 seen in ESO Press Photo eso0142a and ESO Press Photo eso0142b.

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)

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About the Image

Id:eso0142e
Type:Observation
Release date:20 December 2001
Related releases:eso0142
Size:791 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:Gemini

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 34 50.62
Position (Dec):17° 35' 57.25"

Colours & filters

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

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