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  Perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognised space objects, the Eagle Nebula (also known as Messier Object 16, M16 or NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. It is associated with a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of current star formation is about 7,000 light years distant.

The Eagle Nebula was one of the space regions passed through during the famous opening "zoom out" shot of the movie Contact (1997). The Eagle Nebula, along with the Hourglass Nebula, was featured in the liner notes of Pearl Jam's 2000 album Binaural.

  Location J65 Celbridge Observatory
  Date/Time (UTC) 30 May 2006 03:00
  Optics 200mm SCT, F6.3 reducer
  Filters None
  Imager Meade DSI-C
  Mount Astro-physics 1200GTO
  Exposure details 31 images * 120 seconds
  Software Maxim DL , Photoshop 7
© David McDonald 2012 Updated 10 June 2012