Conditions: 68 degrees; calm, excellent seeing
Exposures: 120 min through Ha Filter (24 x 5 min subs)
FOV = 64 x 43 arc minutes
M16 is 7,000 light years away. The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region of active star formation. The tower of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is approximately 60 trillion miles high. The pillar structure of the region has been dubbed the "Pillars of Creation"