Infrared View of M16, the Eagle Nebula
Ssc2007 01c1

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Flagey (IAS/SSC) & A. Noriega-Crespo (SSC/Caltech)

Observation • September 1st, 2007 • ssc2007-01c1


This picture shows lots of stars and dusty structures with clarity. Dusty molecules found on Earth called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons produce most of the red; gas is green and stars are blue.The image is a composite of infrared light with the following wavelengths: 3.6 microns (blue); 4.5 microns (green); 5.8 microns (orange); and 8 microns (red).

About the Object

Eagle NebulaMessier 16M16NGC 6611
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Protostar
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
6,500 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 5.8 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer IRAC


Position (J2000)
RA =18h 18m 48.4s
Dec = -13° 46' 7.3"
Field of View
28.0 x 32.0 arcminutes
North is 91.7° left of vertical