The Eagle Nebula (M16 in the Messier Catalogue or NGC 6611) is an H II region nebula – a cloud of ionised atomic hydrogen – containing an open star cluster that is located in the constellation of Serpens. Other names include The Star Queen Nebula and The Spire, while the central columns of gas and dust where new stars are being formed are also known as “The Pillars of Creation” following the publication of a Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in 1995, that was given this title.
The equatorial coordinates of the Eagle Nebula are:
Right Ascension: 18h 18m 48s, Declination: −13° 49′
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