Digital Image: M16 – The Eagle Nebula

This is Messier 16, more popularly known as the Eagle Nebula in Serpens, taken by the KPO Reflector. I didn’t quite frame it correctly, so it’s a smaller image. This image includes the famous “Pillars of Creation” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Read More …

Digital Image: M20 – the Trifid Nebula

This is Messier 20, otherwise known as the Trifid Nebula, a emission / reflection nebula in Sagittarius.The Trifid can be found a couple degrees above the famous Lagoon Nebula. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the upper, red portion), a reflection nebula (the lower, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent ‘gaps’ within the emission Read More …