Swan Nebula – M17


This star forming region, known as Swan Nebula (concentrate only on the brighter part of the nebula to see a checkmark and extend leftward to see a rough swan shape), is the home of hot red-glowing gas, dark lanes of dust & bright young stars. The Swan Nebula is quite large and massive as it contains roughly 1000 times the mass of our Sun. The bright central region is about 15 light years across lies about 5000 light years away toward the constellation of Sagittarius. This image was shot over 4 hours. (Luminance of 20 min each for 7 images, 7 images of each of colors for 5 minutes).

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