The Eagle Nebula

by Gabe Meier

Screen shot 2013-03-09 at 2.47.50 PM

I created the above Tri-Color Image using Photoshop and the FITS Liberator. I added the required colors and cropped it so that it is more aesthetically appealing.

The Eagle Nebula is categorized as Messier 16 or M16 and is also known as the Star Queen Nebula. It was discovered by  Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46 and its name is derived from the fact that early astronomers thought it looked like an eagle. It is part of a diffuse emissions nebula. It’s region of active star formation is about 7,000 light years away. The tower of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is about 90 trillion kilometers high and are often called the “Pillars Of Creation”. The Nebula has been referenced in popular culture several times, most notably in the television series Star Trek and the film Contact.