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The smoky pink core of the Omega Nebula

This image of the Omega Nebula (Messier 17), captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), is one of the sharpest of this object ever taken from the ground. It shows the dusty, rosy central parts of the famous star-forming region in fine detail.

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About the Image

Id:eso1201a
Release date:4 January 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1201
Size:1707 x 1760 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 17, Omega Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 20 25.94
Position (Dec):-16° 10' 37.62"
Field of view:7.20 x 7.43 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 30.0° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
H-alpha
Very Large Telescope
FORS2

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