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Jon Greif

Location of Photo:

Siding Springs Observatory, NSW, Australia, remotely from La Jolla, CA, USA

Date/Time of photo:

April 28, 2022, at 10 PM local time


Planewave 20 inch TDK imaging platform. Processed with Pixinsight 1.8.9 software.


The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16) is a young open cluster of stars in a deep red (Hydrogen gas) nebulous cloud in the constellation Serpens. It was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745, and the dark central "eagle" was made famous in a Hubble Telescope image as the "Pillars of Creation." The Eagle Nebula lies in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way, about 5700 light-years distant and is approximately 9.5 light-years long. This image was processed from data obtained remotely from iTelescope.net's 20 inch Planewave TDK imaging system at the Siding Springs Observatory in NSW, Australia, and is a 90 minute integration of 5-minute exposures, six each through red, green and blue filters.