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Hubble Image of the Eagle Nebula
Ssc2005 23b1

Credit: NASA/ ESA/STScI/J. Hester & P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

Observation • November 9th, 2005 • ssc2005-23b1


This is an iconic visible-light image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the Eagle Nebula, which also features a star-forming region, or nebula, that is being sculpted into pillars by radiation and winds from hot, massive stars. The Eagle Nebula is part of a much larger region dubbed the "Mountains of Creation" which were mapped by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

The pillars are part of a region called W5 by astronomers, in the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years away and 50 light-years across.

About the Object

Eagle NebulaPillars of Creation
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
7,000 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Optical Hubble WFPC2


Position ()
RA =3h 1m 56.0s
Dec = 60° 35' 50.0"
Field of View
0.0 x 0.0 arcminutes
North is up