M17 – the Omega Nebula

M17 – the Omega Nebula
m17 - the omega nebula
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[M17 – the Omega Nebula] is between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth and it spans some 15 light-years in diameter! It is also known as the Swan Nebula and the Horseshoe Nebula, I’m not convinced I agree with any of these names, either from my image or from images at higher resolution / better imaging. Then again [John Herschel’s] low resolution view of this object [suggests it really was an “Omega” shape]. As brightest galactic nebula in the northern sky the object is a fairly good binocular target, so get out their and take a look!

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