Omega Nebula revealed
The Omega (Swan, Checkmark, Horse Shoe, Lobster) Nebula (NGC 6618, Messier 17) graces our winter skies at the moment. This 15 light-year wide complex of stars, gas and dust lies 5500 light years away from us, nearer the galactic centre than we are, on the inner edge of the Sagittarius arm.
The ESO released a new image of this celestial beauty today.
nothing more to see. please move along.