The Constellation Aquila

by Dominic Ford
Aquila Aquila
The constellation Aquila. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Aquila lies close to the celestial equator and is visible in the months around June.

It is dominated by the bright star Altair, which forms one vertex of the Summer Triangle asterism and is the twelfth brightest star in the sky.

The Milky Way passes through the constellation and so it contains numerous open clusters, though they are not as rich as the vast clouds of stars visible to its north in Cygnus.

Aquila is depicted as an eagle, identified in Greek mythology as the eagle which carried and retrieved thunderbolts for Zeus.

Date First Appeared
Sky Area
1.6% of the sky
652.5 square degrees
Messier Objects
Aquila contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Aquila contains no Caldwell objects
The following constellations neighbor Aquila: Aquarius, Capricornus, Delphinus, Hercules, Ophiuchus, Sagitta, Sagittarius, Scutum, Serpens Cauda.
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Brightest Objects in Aquila

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Altair (mag 0.9) NGC 6709 (mag 6.7) NGC 6760 (mag 9.1) NGC 6814 (mag 11.2)
Tarazed (mag 2.7) NGC 6755 (mag 7.5) NGC 6749 (mag 11.1) IC 5006 (mag 12.0)
ζ-Aql (mag 3.0) NGC 6738 (mag 8.0) NGC 6926 (mag 12.4)
θ-Aql (mag 3.2) NGC 6756 (mag 11.0) NGC 6906 (mag 12.7)
δ-Aql (mag 3.4) NGC 6843 NGC 6941 (mag 13.0)
λ-Aql (mag 3.4) NGC 6837 IC 1317 (mag 13.4)
Alshain (mag 3.7) IC 1298 NGC 6929 (mag 13.5)
η-Aql (mag 4.0) NGC 6735 NGC 6900 (mag 14.0)
i-Aql (mag 4.0) NGC 6840 NGC 6821 (mag 14.0)
ε-Aql (mag 4.0) NGC 6828 NGC 6922 (mag 14.0)
l-Aql (mag 4.3) IC 1327 (mag 15.0)
ι-Aql (mag 4.4) NGC 6901 (mag 15.0)
μ-Aql (mag 4.5) NGC 6915
ν-Aql (mag 4.7) IC 5000
Libertas (mag 4.7) NGC 6865
70-Aql (mag 4.9)
69-Aql (mag 4.9)
κ-Aql (mag 4.9)
f-Aql (mag 5.0)
4-Aql (mag 5.0)
e-Aql (mag 5.0)
Y Aql (mag 5.1)
V1288 Aql (mag 5.1)
37-Aql (mag 5.1)
O-Aql (mag 5.1)




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