M17 (NGC 6618) - Omega- Swan- Horseshoe Nebula
Messier M17 (NGC 6618), also known as the Omega- Swan- Horseshoe Nebula, is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation Sagittarius, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. in the Local Group of galaxies.
Messier M17 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 7.0*, and can be viewed with binoculars. It is 11' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.
* The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.
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