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 (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude 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.
Omega Nebula (M17, NGC6618) has a radius of 11 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 22 light years. It would take a space ship 22 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.
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.
|Name||Omega Nebula (M17, NGC6618)|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||5-6 kly|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.00|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1745|
|Discoverer||Philippe Loys de Cheseaux|
|Copright||N.A.S.A, Hubble Site|
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