The Eagle Nebula is an emission nebula with an open star cluster.

It is an active starforming region, which already contains a considerable amount of new stars.
The nebula lies at a distance of about 7.000 light years in the next inner spiral arm of our galaxy.

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Name M16 – The Eagle Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Serpens
Right ascension 18h 18m 48s
Declination -13° 49′ 00″
Distance 7.000 ly
Other designations NGC6611, Sh2-49