Eagle Nebula (M16) Pillar Detail: Portion of Top
Eagle Nebula, M16,NGC 6611, IC 4703
About 6,500 light-years (2,000 parsecs)
The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10393: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and T. Royle (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).
F435W (B), F555W (V), F502N ([O III]), F658N (Halpha + [N II]), F814W (I)
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Blue: F435W (B) + F502N ([O III])
Green: F555W (V) + F658N (Halpha + [N II]) + F502N ([O III])
Red: F658N (Halpha + [N II]) + F814W (I)
A detail of the Eagle Nebula (M16) showing a portion of a pillar of gas and dust. Light from nearby bright, hot, young stars is sculpting the cloud into intricate forms and causing the gas to glow.