Messier 16, the “Eagle Nebula” a young open cluster of stars in constellation Serpens. Contained in this image is the “pillars of creation” made famous by Hubble Space Telescope. The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 7000 light-years distant. A spire of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is approximately 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers long. Image shown here in SHO. 9 hours of exposure time on a 8 inch RC telescope.