The Swan Nebula

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



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.

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