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Stars and stellar evolution
Eagle Nebula

Eagle Nebula, M16, IC 4703


Emission nebula


The star cluster associated with the nebula is about 5.5 million years old.


Found in the constellation Serpens

Distance from Earth

6500 light-years


The pillars are about 2-3 light-years long and the emission nebula spans about 20 light-years.

Gaseous pillars in the Eagle Nebula

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"Fast Facts: Eagle Nebula" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the nebula from Earth. A picture of the nebula is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the nebula's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

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