Messier 16


This image shows the central portion of conspicuous open star cluster Messier 16, embedded in the Eagle Nebula. This is currently a region of vivid star formation.

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  • More information on this image by David Malin
  • This image was featured as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) November 1, 1995 and in other context, of January 18, 1997

  • Larger field image of the Eagle Nebula and M16, taken with the Anglo-Australian Telescope by David Malin
  • More images by David Malin

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