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Jon Greif

Location of Photo:

La Jolla, CA, USA

Date/Time of photo:

September 18, 2021, at 10:30 PM PDT


Remotely accessed (iTelescope.net) Planewave 20 inch TDK reflecting telescope and imaging system -- 15 minutes each of red, green, blue and synthetic luminance data processed in Pixinsight 1.8.8-9 software.


This is the Eagle Nebula, M-16, in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745–46. If you look carefully, near the center of the nebula, you'll see the area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Eagle Nebula lies in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way about 5700 light-years from Earth. When clear nights locally are few and far between, one borrows data from friends.