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Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) Facts

Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) Facts 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 about 7,000.00 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 from Earth, 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.

Travel Time to Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807366,378,147,286.68
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2696,118,214,606.61
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.543,059,103,316.30
New Horizons Probe33,000142,252,012.21
Speed of Light670,616,629.007,000.00

Fact File

NameEagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)
TypeStar-Forming Nebula
Messier Id16
NGC Id6611
Right Ascension18:18.8
Distance (Lt.Yr)7000
Radius (Lt.Yr)17.50
Apparent Dimension7.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1745
DiscovererPhilippe Loys de Cheseaux

Location of Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) Facts in Serpens

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

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