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.