The Eagle Nebula in Infrared
Ssc2007 01c3

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

Observation • January 9th, 2007 • ssc2007-01c3


This infrared picture highlights the contrast between the hot, supernova-heated dust (green) and the cooler dust making up the Eagle Nebula's dusty star-forming clouds and towers (red, blue and purple).The image includes longer infrared wavelengths, and is a composite of light of 4.5 to 8.0 microns (blue); 24 microns (green); and 70 microns (red).

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 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 24.0 µm Spitzer MIPS
Infrared 70.0 µm 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