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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.
In the picture above, north is at the top and the image covers 30.1 x 37.6 degrees.
Image centre is located at 19:29:11.8, +5:14:41 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.
Best seen in the early evening in August
Aquila (the Eagle) well represents a mythological bird that was the companion of Jupiter. It lies in the northern Milky Way and contans rich fields of stars particularly in the western half and into adjoining Scutum. The brightest star in the constellation is Altair (Arabic for flying eagle), which is at one corner of the Summer Triangle (Altair, Deneb and Vega).
Sagitta (the Arrow) is the third smallest constellation in the sky, and although it contains no bright stars, was well known to the ancient Greeks. Its arrow seems directed through Vulpecula and Pegasus towards Andromeda, skirting Cygnus. A rather better (though incomplete) view of the constellation is here, and its brightest stars are best seen on the page about Delphinus. There's more about Sagitta in Wikipedia. Both these constellations are a little north of the celestial equator and can be seen from all inhabited parts of the planet.
Constellations adjoining Aquila
Capricornus, Delphinus Hercules, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Scutum, Serpens Cauda, Vulpecula
Constellations adjoining Sagitta: Aquila, Delphinus, Hercules, Vulpecula.
Main named stars: (Greek alphabet)
Altair (α Aql), Al Thalimain (λ Aql), Alshain (β Aql), Bezek (η Aql), Deneb al Okab (Denebokab Australis, ζ Aql), Denebokab (δ Aql), Sham (Alsahm, α Sge), Tarazed (γ Aql).
Related images (other sources)
AAT 110. NGC 6781, a planetary nebula in Aquila
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