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Messier 16
Messier 16 Eagle Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M16 (NGC 6611) - Eagle Nebula

Messier 16 (NGC 6611), also known as the Eagle Nebula, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Serpens Claudia, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M16 is 5,700 light years away from Earth.

M16 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 6, and can be viewed with naked eye (barely). M16 is 70' x 50' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Eagle Nebula
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. emission nebula
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6611
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye (barely)
      1. Size:
      2. 70' x 50'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 5,700 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 18.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. -13 47'
      1. Season:
      2. late summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Sagittarius Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. Pillars of Creation

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