3D data visualisation of the Pillars of Creation

This visualisation of the three-dimensional structure of the Pillars of Creation within the star formation region Messier 16 (also called the Eagle Nebula) is based on new observations of the object using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The pillars actually consist of several distinct pieces on either side of the star cluster NGC 6611. In this illustration, the relative distance between the pillars along the line of sight is not to scale.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1518a
Type:Artwork
Release date:30 April 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1518
Size:4000 x 2700 px

About the Object

Name:M 16, Messier 16
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:7000 light years
Category:Nebulae

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