The Eagle Nebula, M16

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About the Eagle Nebula

M16 is a bright open star cluster with emission nebulosity. This sixth magnitude object is located in the Summer Milky Way in the constellation Serpens. The Eagle Nebula (AKA the Star Queen Nebula) is about 8000 light years from our location. The unusual structures within the nebula make this a popular visual and photographic target for amateur astronomers in the summer months. It lies within a few degrees of several popular deep sky objects including the Lagoon Nebula (M8), the Trifid Nebula (M20), the Omega Nebula (M17), and several globular and open star clusters including M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, and M28. Also nearby are the faint, but photographically beautiful, emission/reflection nebula complexes NGC6559 and NGC6590. (Don't miss these beauties!)