Wide-field view of the region around the star cluster Messier 18

The small smattering of bright stars at the centre of this wide-field view is Messier 18, an open star cluster containing stars that formed together from the same massive cloud of gas and dust. This picture, which also shows part of the bright Omega Nebula (Messier 17) at the top, was created from images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit:

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

About the Image

Id:eso1628c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 August 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1628
Size:8337 x 7300 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 18
Type:Unspecified : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 20 3.09
Position (Dec):-17° 4' 24.54"
Field of view:140.07 x 122.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
R
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R+IR
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
IR+R
Digitized Sky Survey 2

 

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