M16 – Queen Nebula

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This is an image of M16- The Queen Nebula. It’s called Queen Nebula because you can, with some imagination, see a lady holding up her hands and with a flowing gown. The area of her ‘hands’ were captured by Hubble Telescope and is well known as ‘Pillars of Creation’. These dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. M16 and the Queen Nebula lie about 7,000 light-years away. The surrounding gas clouds are nebulosity full of hydrogen gas. This image was shot over 7 hours. (Luminance of 20 min each for 14 images, 9 images each of colors for 5 minutes).

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