M17 - The Omega Nebula

Copyright: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

M17 resides in a glorious area of the night sky which, whilst never rising very high as seen from mid-northern latitudes, can be seen to its full effect from southern locations. It is another area of nebulosity which can be seen easily with binoculars, even from the city. It shines at magnitude 7 and is located around 5700 light years away.
There are a number of bright, young stars associates with this nebula, and star formation is probably still going on. This part of Sagittarius, along with Scorpius, is definitely the highlight of the summer months.
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