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 (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude 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.
Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) has a radius of 18 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 35 light years. It would take a space ship 35 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.
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.
Near the centre of the nebula is a sub-nebula area called the Pillars of Creation. The are large gas clouds shaped like pillars hence their name and a beauty to look at if you have the necessary equipment.
|Name||Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)|
|Type||Star Forming Nebula|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.00|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1745|
|Discoverer||Philippe Loys de Cheseaux|
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