Omega Nebula/Swan Nebula/M17 (ACS Full Field Image)

Peering into a celestial maternity ward called the Omega Nebula or M17, images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope revealed a watercolor fantasy-world of glowing gases, where stars and perhaps embryonic planetary systems are forming.

Credit:

NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA

The ACS Science Team: H. Ford, G. Illingworth, M. Clampin, G. Hartig, T. Allen, K. Anderson, F. Bartko, N. Benitez, J. Blakeslee, R. Bouwens, T. Broadhurst, R. Brown, C. Burrows, D. Campbell, E. Cheng, N. Cross, P. Feldman, M. Franx, D. Golimowski, C. Gronwall, R. Kimble, J. Krist, M. Lesser, D. Magee, A. Martel, W. J. McCann, G. Meurer, G. Miley, M. Postman, P. Rosati, M. Sirianni, W. Sparks, P. Sullivan, H. Tran, Z. Tsvetanov, R. White, and R. Woodruff.

About the Image

Id:heic0206g
Type:Observation
Release date:30 April 2002, 15:00
Related releases:heic0206
Size:4257 x 4426 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 17, NGC 6618, Swan Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 20 34.37
Position (Dec):-16° 9' 23.70"
Field of view:3.55 x 3.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 93.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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