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Swan Nebula Wide Field

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Swan Nebula Wide Field
The Omega Nebula contains glowing gas, dark dust, and some unusually massive stars. Also known as the M17 and the Swan Nebula, the Omega Nebula is about 5000 light-years away, 20 light-years across, and visible with binoculars in the constellation of Sagittarius. A recent epoch of star formation has created some very massive stars that haven't yet had time to self-destruct. Until then, these stars appear very bright and emit light so energetic it breaks up the surrounding gas and dust. (Description taken from APOD January 26, 1999) Megrez 90 Telescope ST80 Guide scope QHY8 camera Atlas Mount Nebulosity 2.0, PHD guide Photoshop processing
Posted on May 31, 2009 Full Size| Slideshow