The Eagle Has Landed
The Aquila constellation symbolizes Zeus' giant eagle
that performed many tasks for the Gods and
was given a place amongst the stars.
Aquila was thought to carry Zeus' lightning bolts. During the battle
against the Titans, Aquila was awesome at this task and helped
the Gods win the war.
He was loyal to Zeus and was always perched on his shoulder.
Aquila was sent by Zeus to capture Ganymede and bring him
to the Gods to serve as cup-bearer.
In this constellation myth, Aquila, the giant eagle swooped
down and capturing Ganymede, carried him up to Mount Olympus
where Ganymede served the Gods as
Aquarius the Water-Bearer.
Aquila, along with Cygnus the Swan, and Lyra which
was seen as a vulture( carrying a lyre
and not the lyre itself), are the Stymphalian Birds
Labours of Hercules.
The three alpha stars from these constellations,
Altair in Aquila, Deneb in Cygnus, and Vega in
Lyra, form the Summer Triangle.
These are very bright stars and the triangle is
very recognizable in the northern hemisphere.
Watching The Eagle Soar
Right Ascension: 20 hours
Declination: 5 degrees
Visible between latitudes 85 and -75 degrees
Best seen in September (at 9:00 PM)
ALTAIR (Alpha Aql)
ALSHAIN (Beta Aql)
TARAZED (Gamma Aql)
Deneb el Okab (Epsilon Aql)
Deneb el Okab (Zeta Aql)
Altair is a bright star of magnitude 0.8.
Aquila has many clusters and nebulae to view.
Open clusters:NGC6709, NGC6755, NGC6749.
Globular cluster NGC6760 which has a 9.1
Planetary nebulae: NGC6778, NGC6741, NGC6772
NGC6804 looks like a small bright ring.
NGC6751 the "glowing eye" nebula.
NGC6781 with an appearance similar to the
owl nebula in
Ursa Major(the big dipper constellation)
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