Aquila is the 22nd largest constellation in the night sky and sits right on the celestial equator. It’s brightest star is α Aquilae(A.K.A. Altair) with the two close stars β Aquilae(A.K.A. Alshain) and γ Aquilae(A.K.A. Tarazed). Altair is also one of the corners of the summer triangle including Vega (in Lyra) and Deneb (in Cygnus).
Aquila has been seen as a flying eagle since at least 3,000 years ago. It is represented as either the eagle who carried the Greek God Zeus’s thunderbolts or the Zeus himself taking the form of a bird in order to carry of the youth Ganymede, who is represented by nearby Aquarius.