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Omega Nebula (M17, NGC6618)

Omega nebula (M17,NGC6618) is a diffuse nebula. It was discovered in 1745 by Philippe Loys de Cheseaux. It's location is RA(18:20.8), Dec(-16:11) and its distance is calculated 42526 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 11.0.

Omega Nebula (M17, NGC6618) is a diffuse nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 5-6 kly light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. It is referred to as M(17) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6618) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. The Diffuse Nebula's location is 18:20.8 (R.A.) and -16:11 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.0 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 6 with an apparent dimension of 11.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

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NameOmega Nebula (M17, NGC6618)
TypeDiffuse Nebula
Messier Id17
NGC Id6618
ConstellationSagittarius
Right Ascension18:20.8
Declination-16:11
Distance (Lt.Yr)5-6 kly
Visual Brightness6.0
Apparent Dimension11.0
Apparent Magnitude6
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1745
DiscovererPhilippe Loys de Cheseaux
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

Omega Nebula (M17, NGC6618) Diffuse Nebula in Sagittarius


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