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Astronomical Photo Album on the Web

 

To foster interests of the public on astronomy, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Observatory cooperate to compile an astronomical photo album on the web.  Various kinds of astronomical photos are taken with the iObservatory at Lady MacLehose Holiday Village and other instruments of the Space Museum, and are publicized through the Observatory's website.

 
Main Page of Astronomical Photo Album on the Web
 
 

M16 The Eagle Nebula

 

M16 The Eagle Nebula

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The Eagle Nebula, also known as M16, is a famous emission nebula located in the constellation of Serpens Cauda. The young open star cluster inside the nebula generates intense ultraviolet radiation that ionizes the gas of the nebula. As the nebula is abundant in hydrogen which emits red light when ionized, red is the common colour found in emission nebulae.

 

Last revision date: <27 Dec 2012>