M16 - The Eagle Nebula

Copyright: Bill Lofquist/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

M16 can be found in the constellation of Serpens during northern-hemisphere summer months. It is around 6000 light years away and is a large area of diffuse nebulosity. There are also several areas of dark nebulosity which shape the visible area into an approximation of an Eagle.
Although it shines at a magnitude of 6.50, it can be difficult to see in all but the darkest skies, as its brightness is spread out over an area equal to that of the full Moon.
A small part of M16 has been immortalised in the Hubble Space Telescope's Pillars Of Creation photograph.
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