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Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)

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

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.

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.

Fact File


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


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