English Name: The Eagle
Hemisphere: Northern/Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Delphinus and Scutum.
Visible between latitudes: +85 and -75 degrees
Best seen in: September
Seen between: July and September
Right Ascension (RA): 20 hour
Declination (DEC): +05 degrees
Area (square degrees): 652 (22nd)
Aquila (The Eagle)
- The main star in Aquila – Altair is the bright star at the top left of above picture, flanked on its left and right by Alshain star and Tarazed star.
- Altair, along wit Deneb and Vega form the well-known Summer Triangle.
- Most of this constellation lies in the Northern Hemisphere of the night sky, although the celestial equator crosses it.
- The Milky Way runs through this constellation and is very rich in this region.
- No Messier objects in Aquila
Other objects in Aquila
- 34x objects: New General Catalogue (NGC)
- 6x objects: Index Catalogue (IC)
- 5x objects: Collinder Catalog (Cr)
Features of Interest
- NGC6709 is an Open Cluster is visible in a telescope with ease, it’s harder in binoculars requiring to avoid vision to see it.
- Locating the map for the Open Cluster NGC 6790.
Brightest Objects in
- Altair (Alpha Aql)
- Alshain (Beta Aql)
- Tarazed (Gamma Aql)
- Deneb el Okab (Epsilon Aql)
- Deneb el Okab (Zeta Aql)
- Photo of the constellation – Aquila, as it appears to the naked-eye (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Aquila
- List of stars in Aquila.
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