April 23, 2014

Astro-Event of the Week: 05.18.09: Spot a Hubble Classic!

Eagle Nebula.

A close up shot of one of the pillars. (Credit: APOD/NASA/Hubble Hertitage Team/STS.I/AURA). 

As all eyes are now in orbit following the intrepid crew of the shuttle Atlantis as they carry out the final repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope, now is a good time to track down one of its classic targets. One of Hubble’s most enduring photographs is that of the Eagle Nebula. Our challenge to you is to try and spy this illusive nebula. A broad, emission nebula in the constellation Serpens, this also has the multiple designations of M16 in the messier catalog and NGC 6611. Many folks, even seasoned amateurs, have never viewed this extraordinary object. [Read more...]