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Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)

The Eagle nebula (M16, NGC6611) is not in Altair, the Eagle constellation but if you can use a little imagination you can see it looks similar to an eagle hence its name. It is a star Forming Nebula where new stars are being created. The nebula was discovered in 1745 by Philippe Loys de Cheseaux.

Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) is a star forming nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 7000 light years away in the constellation of Serpens. It is referred to as M(16) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6611) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. The Star Forming Nebula's location is 18:18.8 (R.A.) and -13:47 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.4 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 6 with an apparent dimension of 7.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

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NameEagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)
TypeStar Forming Nebula
Messier Id16
NGC Id6611
ConstellationSerpens
Right Ascension18:18.8
Declination-13:47
Distance (Lt.Yr)7000
Visual Brightness6.4
Apparent Dimension7.0
Apparent Magnitude6
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1745
DiscovererPhilippe Loys de Cheseaux

Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) Star Forming Nebula in Serpens


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