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Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611)


Eagle Nebula is a star forming nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 7 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 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. Eagle Nebula was discovered in 1745 by Philippe Loys de Cheseaux. 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 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
TypeStar Forming Nebula
Messier Id16
NGC Id6611
ConstellationSerpens
TypeStar Forming Nebula
Right Ascension18:18.8
Declination-13:47
Distance (Lt.Yr)7
Visual Brightness6.4
Apparent Dimension7.0
Apparent Magnitude6
Year of Discovery1745
DiscovererPhilippe Loys de Cheseaux
Eagle Nebula (M16, NGC6611) Star Forming Nebula in Serpens