Messier 11 is an rich and compact open cluster located in the constellation of Scutum containing an estimated 2900 stars. It borders the northern end of the Scutum Cloud which is a dense section of the visible Milky Way. It's estimated age is between 220 and 250 million years. Like most open clusters, it's stars will eventually disperse through out the Milky Way. It was added to Charles Messier catalog in May, 1764.