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The Omega Nebula

Three-colour composite image of the Omega Nebula (Messier 17, or NGC 6618), based on images obtained with the EMMI instrument on the ESO 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope at the La Silla Observatory. North is down and East is to the right in the image. It spans an angle equal to about one third the diameter of the Full Moon, corresponding to about 15 light-years at the distance of the Omega Nebula. The three filters used are B (blue), V ("visual", or green) and R (red).

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About the Image

Id:eso0925a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:7 July 2009
Related releases:eso0925
Size:3069 x 3069 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 17, Omega Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
• X - Nebulae
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 20 47.10
Position (Dec):-16° 10' 19.25"
Field of view:8.57 x 8.57 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.0° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
New Technology Telescope
EMMI
Optical
V
New Technology Telescope
EMMI
Optical
R
New Technology Telescope
EMMI

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