Eagle Nebula (M16)

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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Eagle Nebula (M16)

Post by Christopher K. » April 16th, 2012, 3:20 pm

Today's APOD is a wonderful view of the Eagle Nebula, imaged at Kitt Peak. The Pillars of Creation are clearly visible. I don't believe I've ever looked at M16. I am now wondering what it would look like in Norwood.

The image:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120416.html

The WIYN 0.9-meter Observatory:
http://www.noao.edu/0.9m/

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Re: Eagle Nebula (M16)

Post by Christopher K. » January 9th, 2014, 9:14 pm

M16 lies 7000 light-years away in Serpens Cauda. Burham preferred the Star Queen Nebula as the nickname for this Messier; he thought the Eagle Nebula "a little too prosaic". The magnitude of 6.5 may initimate beginning telescope users, but Burham quotes a John Duncan as saying it is "no more difficult than the nebula in the Pleiades". I guess he was referring to Merope's Reflection Nebula.

Below are selected dates for which M16 reaches its highest altitude of forty-six degrees in the Baton Rouge sky...
All times are Daylight.
29 April = 4:55am
3 May = 4:39am
7 May = 4:23am
11 May = 4:08am
15 May = 3:52am
19 May = 3:36am
23 May = 3:21am
27 May = 3:05am
31 May = 2:49am
4 June = 2:33am
8 June = 2:18am
12 June = 2:02am
16 June = 1:46am
20 June = 1:30am
24 June = 1:15am
28 June = 12:59am
2 July = 12:43am
6 July = 12:28am
10 July = 12:12am
14 July = 11:52pm
18 July = 11:36pm
22 July = 11:21pm
26 July = 11:05pm
30 July = 10:49pm
3 August = 10:34pm
7 August = 10:18pm
11 August = 10:02pm
15 August = 9:46pm
19 August = 9:31pm
23 August = 9:15pm
27 August = 8:59pm

A picture of the Pillars of Creation is used as the July image in the 2014 Astronomy calendar from Brown Trout Publishers.

More information:
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, pp. 1783-1792.

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Re: Eagle Nebula (M16)

Post by Christopher K. » January 10th, 2015, 6:35 pm

Wednesday's APOD celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hubble (occuring this April). NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team have assembled a sharper view of the famous Pillars of Creation shot.

7 January APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150107.html

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Re: Eagle Nebula (M16)

Post by Christopher K. » July 22nd, 2015, 9:41 pm

Astronomy suggests trying M16 either tonight or tomorrow night. I'm observing in a few minutes...but I don't know. I only have about an hour before the transparency degenerates (according to Danko) and I have a couple of other objects on my list. I might give M16 one shot.

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