The name “Aquilla” is Latin for “eagle”, and is also the name of the Aquila constellation that can be seen soaring on outstretched wings through the Milky Way galaxy.
The brightest star in the Aquila constellation is Altair, twice the size of our own sun, and one of the three stars of the Summer Triangle.
The constellation Aquila lies at the very bottom of our northern hemisphere, just a couple degrees north of the equator. The best time to view the Aquila constellation from the Midwest is late summer, but it can also be seen here during springtime in the early morning, off to the east.
While the best time of year to see the constellation Aquila in Minnesota is closer to the autumnal equinox, springtime is a great time to do some eagle-watching here at home!
Wabasha is also home to the National Eagle Center, which celebrates spring eagle watching with its its SOAR With The Eagles Festival during the month of March.
For a bird’s eye view of all the action, be sure to check out the 100% SOLAR-powered Minnesota Bound Live Bald Eagle Cam!