Infrared View of M16, the Eagle Nebula

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spitzer_ssc2007-01c1 September 1st, 2007

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Flagey (IAS/SSC) & A. Noriega-Crespo (SSC/Caltech)

This picture shows lots of stars and dusty structures with clarity. Dusty molecules found on Earth called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons produce most of the red; gas is green and stars are blue.The image is a composite of infrared light with the following wavelengths: 3.6 microns (blue); 4.5 microns (green); 5.8 microns (orange); and 8 microns (red).

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/1734-ssc2007-01c1-Infrared-IRAC-View-of-the-Eagle-Nebula

Curator: Spitzer Science Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: Public Domain

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Eagle Nebula Messier 16 M16 NGC 6611
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Protostar
Nebula > Type > Star Formation

Distance

Universescale1
6,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 18m 48.4s
DEC = -13° 46’ 7.3”
Orientation
North is 91.7° CCW
Field of View
28.0 x 32.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Serpens

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Near-IR) 3.6 µm
Arrow_left_green Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Near-IR) 4.5 µm
Arrow_left_orange Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Mid-IR) 5.8 µm
Arrow_left_red Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Mid-IR) 8.0 µm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_red
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ID
ssc2007-01c1
Subject Category
B.3.1.1   B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Eagle Nebula, Messier 16, M16, NGC 6611
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Flagey (IAS/SSC) & A. Noriega-Crespo (SSC/Caltech)
Release Date
2007-09-01
Lightyears
6,500
Redshift
6,500
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/1734-ssc2007-01c1-Infrared-IRAC-View-of-the-Eagle-Nebula
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
from press release
Facility
Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer
Instrument
IRAC, IRAC, IRAC, IRAC
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Orange, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Near-IR, Near-IR, Mid-IR, Mid-IR
Central Wavelength
3600, 4500, 5800, 8000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
274.7018442127839, -13.76869098805599
Reference Dimension
2100, 2400
Reference Pixel
1050, 1200
Scale
-0.00022200564764313769, 0.00022200564764313769
Rotation
91.652946773
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Science Center
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Caltech MS 220-6, 1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Public Domain
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2007-01c1.tif
Metadata Date
2019-02-27
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
6,500 light years