The Swan Nebula

Posted: June 29, 2018 in Astronomy
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Originally posted in July 2013

Sometimes it is difficult to see how a nebula or other body got its name but I really think these photos look like a swan

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Photos taken using the Bradford Robotic Telescope

The Swan nebula (M17/NGC6618) is also known by a number of other names such as the Omega Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula or the Lobster Nebula. It is 5000 to 6000 light years from Earth and has a diameter of 15 to 20 light years. it is one of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions seen from Earth and is visible with binoculars in the constellation Sagittarius.

Previous posts
https://petesfavouritethings.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/swan-nebula/
https://petesfavouritethings.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/swan-nebula-2/

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