Tuesday, September 4, 2007
M16 or the Eagle Nebula is a large cloud of gas and dust that lies in the general region of the sky near the Trifid and Lagoon Nebulas. It is very similar in many respects to the Lagoon Nebula, being another region forming stars. However, the solar winds of these stars have blown the dust into a shape resembling an eagle. The combination of Nebula and cluster is very striking visually in a telescope.