24 Micron View of the Eagle Nebula, M16
Ssc2007 01c2

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

Observation • January 9th, 2007 • ssc2007-01c2


This infrared view of the Eagle Nebula is packed with drama, because it tells astronomers that a star in this region violently erupted, or went supernova, heating surrounding dust (orange). This view also reveals that the hot dust is shell shaped, another indication that a star exploded.This image was taken in 24-micron light.

About the Object

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

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 24.0 ┬Ám Spitzer MIPS


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