The star formation region Messier 17

This image of the rose-coloured star forming region Messier 17 was captured by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It is one of the sharpest images showing the entire nebula and not only reveals its full size but also retains fine detail throughout the cosmic landscape of gas clouds, dust and newborn stars.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1537a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 September 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1537
Size:8940 x 8354 px

About the Object

Name:M 17, Messier 17, Swan Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 21 3.14
Position (Dec):-16° 11' 14.93"
Field of view:35.44 x 33.12 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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