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Messier 11
Messier 11 Wild Duck Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M11 (NGC 6705) - Wild Duck Cluster

Messier 11 (NGC 6705), also known as the Wild Duck Cluster, is an open cluster located in the constellation Scutum, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M11 is 6,200 light years away from Earth.

M11 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 5.8, and can be viewed with naked eye (barely). M11 is 23' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Wild Duck Cluster
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6705
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 5.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye (barely)
      1. Size:
      2. 23'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 6,200 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 51.1m
      1. Dec:
      2. -6 16'
      1. Season:
      2. late summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Sagittarius Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. 3,000 stars

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.