Messier 16 (M16), the famous Eagle Nebula, is a star-forming nebula with a young open star cluster located in Serpens. M16 lies near the borders with the constellations Sagittarius and Scutum.What is the Eagle Nebula Messier 16?
The Eagle Nebula Messier 16 (M16) is a conspicuous region of active star formation, situated in Serpens Cauda. The starforming nebula, a giant cloud of interstellar gas and dust, has already created a considerable cluster of young stars. The cluster is also referred to as NGC 6611, the nebula as IC 4703.What can you see Messier 16 with a telescope?
Messier 16 can be seen in binoculars and amateur telescopes, which reveal about 20 stars and some of the surrounding nebulosity. The three pillars require exceptionally good observing conditions. The Eagle Nebula and the open cluster are best observed with low-powered telescopes.Who discovered the M16 cluster?
Cluster M16 (NGC 6611) discovered by Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745-6. Nebula M16 (IC 4703) discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. The Eagle Nebula Messier 16 (M16) is a conspicuous region of active star formation, situated in Serpens Cauda.