Messier Catalog » M17 — NGC 6618 Omega, Swan, Horseshoe Nebula

A nebula with many names, the swan, lobster or horseshoe nebula is a bright object that is easy to capture.
M17: The Omega Nebula

A nebula with many names, the swan, lobster or horseshoe nebula is a bright object that is easy to capture.

M17 goes by several different names: Checkmark, Horseshoe, Lobster, Omega and Swan. It is a massive star-forming region that is bright and richly structured. It has a complex structure that is unique due to the almost straight-edged regions of darks and transitions from billowing clouds of molecular gas to long, twisting tendrils.
M17: The Omega Nebula

M17 goes by several different names: Checkmark, Horseshoe, Lobster, Omega and Swan. It is a massive star-forming region that is bright and richly structured. It has a complex structure that is unique due to the almost straight-edged regions of darks and transitions from billowing clouds of molecular gas to long, twisting tendrils.

 
RA

18h 20.8m

Dec

-16°11

Magnitude

7 ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚫⚫⚫

Size

11

Distance

5,000 light years

Season

☀ Summer

Difficulty

🟢 Easy