The amazing region of Messier 16, the “Eagle Nebula”

M 16 in H-Alpha

M 16 in H-Alpha

Recently, the Virtual Telescope visited those rich skyscapes of the Milky Way where Scorpius, Sagittarius and friends are offering us some of the most beautiful cosmic jewels. For sure, one of the best sights there is Messier 16.

We already shared an image showing this breathtaking nebula and its young stars, but this time we took an picture selecting the light emitted by Hydrogen at the H-alpha wavelength. The result is shown above.

Messier 16 looks dramatic here: incredible structures contrasting each other so beautifully, giving a 3D perspective with the fugue of the gaseous layers in the central region.

The image above comes from the average of 8, 300-seconds unfiltered exposures, remotely taking using the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope, using a Baader Planetarium 7nm H-alpha filter.

Enjoy the beauty of the Cosmos!


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