Messier 17


A bright nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. It's low in the southern sky, but still accessible to my equipment. It is considered one of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions of our galaxy. Its local geometry is similar to the Orion Nebula except that it is viewed edge-on rather than face-on. This is just a 3.5 hour exposure I grabbed before the moon came up on September 22 and 23, 2013. Additional exposure time will show more detail of the wispy clouds of red hydrogen that surround the nebula. The nebula is situated in the Milky Way, so there are a lot of stars in the field of view. 

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