Swan Nebula Spreads Its Wings In Cosmic Photo
Messier 17, NGC 6618, the Swan or Omega Nebula is a region of star formation located in Sagittarius. Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this photo June 3 to 4, 2013 from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif.
Credit: Bob and Janice Fera

The Swan Nebula shines in this beautiful night sky image captured by a team of veteran astronomy photographers. 

Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of the Swan Nebula between June 3 and 4, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif.

The Feras used an Officina Stellare RC-360AST 14" f/8 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope with a two-element field flattener to observe the nebula. An Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera with Astrodon filters was used to capture the photo.

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Messier 17, NGC 6618, the Swan or Omega Nebula is a region of star formation located between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth away in Sagittarius. The emission nebula glows from the high-energy radiation of bright, young stars deep within the core. The nebula has many names because it’s said to resemble a swan when inverted, a Greek omega letter and even a horseshoe.

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