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News Release 84 of 1051

January 5, 2015 05:15 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2015-01

Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: M16, Eagle Nebula, NGC 6611
Object Description: Emission Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 18h 18m 51.06s
Dec. -13° 49' 51.11"
Constellation: Serpens
Distance: 6,500 light-years (2,000 parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description: Data of M16 were obtained from the HST proposal 13926, P.I. Z. Levay, J. Mack, C. Christian, L. Frattare, M. Livio, S. Meyett, M. Mutchler, and J. Sokol (STScI/AURA), and K. Noll (NASA/GSFC).
Exposure Date: September 2014
and Filters:
WFC3/UVIS: F502N ([O III]), F657N (H-alpha + [N II]), and F673N ([S II])
WFC3/IR: F110W (YJ) and F160W (H)
Exposure Times: WFC3/UVIS: 30.5 hours
WFC3/IR: 22.4 hours
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: January 5, 2015

These images are composites of separate exposures acquired by the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Several filters were used to sample broad and narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are:

WFC3/UVIS Image of M16:
F502N ([O III]) blue
F657N (Hα + [N II]) green
F673N ([S II]) red


WFC3/IR Image of M16:
F110W (YJ) blue
F160W (H) yellow