Open star cluster M11 contains an estimated 2.900 stars and lies at a distance of 6.200 light years.

The Wild Duck Cluster is one of the richest and most compact of the known open clusters, it was discovered in 1681.
Its age is estimated to be about 220 million years.

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Previous/older images:

Jul 15, 2006 – Canon 350D (8″ f4 GSO 40m)

Image data

Name M11 – The Wild Duck Cluster
Type Open cluster
Constellation Scutum
Right ascension 18h 51m 06s
Declination -06° 16′ 00″
Distance 6.200 ly
Other designations NGC6705