The ISAAC infrared images of Messier 16

This shows a zoom into the centre of ESO Press Photo eso0142a, with the infrared view of the columns and their immediate surroundings in more detail. The pillars or columns are numbered 1 to 3 from left to right (east to west). The pillars themselves are less prominent than on the Hubble visible-light image of this region - this because near-infrared light penetrates the thinner parts of the gas and dust clouds and only the heads remain opaque. A number of red objects can be seen associated with the pillars : some of these are just background sources seen through the dust, but some are probably real young stars embedded in the pillars. The purple arc near the bottom of the picture is Herbig-Haro object 216, a fast-moving clump of heated gas emanating from a young star (see also ESO Press Photo eso0142e).

Technical information: This image shows an enlarged section of the full mosaic covering 6.2 x 7.5 light-years (1.9 x 2.3 pc) centred on the pillars. North is up and East left.

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

Om bilden

ID:eso0142b
Typ:Observation
Publiceringsdatum:20 december 2001
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso0142
Storlek:1328 x 1606 px

Om objektet

Namn:Eagle Nebula, Messier 16
Typ:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Avstånd:7000 ljusår
Constellation:Serpens Cauda
Kategori:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Koordinater

Position (RA):18 18 48.01
Position (Dec):-13° 49' 12.33"
Field of view:3.28 x 3.97 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord är 0.1° höger om lodrätt

Färger och filter

BandVåglängdTeleskop
Infrarött
J
1.2 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrarött
H
1.65 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrarött
K
2.16 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC

 

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