|Sunday March 22|
M11 is a terrific open cluster in the constellation Scutum, The Shield, located along the band of the Milky Way between the Teapot of Sagittarius and Aquila the Eagle. At magnitude 6.3, it shows as a fuzzy spot in binoculars, and resolves into hundreds of stars in a telescope. At 6,200 light years distant, you can imagine what a sight this would be were it near as the Beehive, Pleiades of Hyades. The cluster is nicknamed The Wild Duck, as the triangular shape of its brightest stars is said to resemble a flock of flying ducks.