M16 (NGC 6611) Eagle Nebula

Type Location r.a. dec. Size Magnitude Distance
Nebula Serpens 18h18.8 -13°47' 25' 6.4 7 Kly

The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. Its name derives from its shape that is thought to resemble an eagle. It contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions.
The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 7000 light-years distant.

M16, Eagle Nebula, NGC 6611

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