The Eagle Nebula (also known as Messier Object 16, M16 or NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the Serpens Cauda constellation, one of the 88 modern constellations.
Other notable deep-sky objects in Serpent:
- M5, a globular cluster approximately 8° southwest of α Serpentis in Caput, is among the most beautiful in the sky.
- Part of the Milky Way passes through Serpens Cauda, as illustrated by the shaded regions of the star map.
Photo credit: NASA
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