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Aquila

The Eagle

GenitiveAquilae
AbbreviationAql
Constellation FamilyHercules
Celestial QuadrantNQ4, SQ4
Right Ascension18h41m to 20h38m
Declination-18.7° to -11.9°
Area (sq deg)652
Brightest StarAltair
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August
NotesThis formation of stars on the Milky Way is especially prominent in late summer, and represents an Eagle with outstretched wings. Its brightest star is Altair, a first-magnitude white star that lies just seventeen light years from the Sun.
Map of Aquila Map of Aquila

A prominent summer constellation of the northern sky. Its brightest star, the famous Altair, is a near neighbour of the Sun, lying only seventeen light years away.

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