[M17 AAT image] [PNG]

This image of the Omega or Swan Nebula, M17, was obtained by David Malin with the 3.9-meter Anglo-Australian Telescope.

  • More information on this image is available.

    [M17 wide field, AAT]

    A wider field image created from the same photographic plates as the above.

  • More information on this image by David Malin
  • Hi-res version of this image
  • Note the UKS image of the region south of M17, including M18 and M24

    The two images above are copyrighted and may be used for private purpose only. For any other kind of use, including internet mirroring and storing on CD-ROM, please contact the Photo Permissions Department (photo at aaoepp.aao.gov.au) of the Anglo Australian Observatory.

  • More images by David Malin

    [M17, U Oregon]

    The Omega Nebula M17 photographed in the red light, showing especially the light from the two principal emission lines of hydrogen, so that this H II region stands out prominently. From Greg Bothun's image collection at the University of Oregon.

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    [M17, Bill Keel]

    The Omega or Swan Nebula Messier 17, a giant diffuse gaseous nebula, or HII region, is shown here from a 30-second red-light exposure (through clouds) with a Tektronix 2048x2048 CCD at the prime focus of the 4-meter Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak National Observatory. North is at the top and east to the left, field of view s 14.3 arcminutes square. Only the central part of the vast extent of M17 is shown in this field.

    [M17, Bill Keel]

    M17 as shown in an image taken with Lick Observatory 36-inch (0.9-m) Crossley reflector.

    Both images above were taken by Bill Keel of the University of Alabama.

  • More informations on the two images above (Bill Keel)
  • More images from Bill Keel

    [M17 in color] [PNG]

    M17 in color. Captured from Usenet. Also in Pat Murphy's collection.

    [M17, anonymous source] [PNG]

    Image of the Omega Nebula M17 from an anonymous source


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    Hi-res image of M17, taken in the near-infrared part of the spectrum (probably K-band, about 2.2 micron). Note the difference to the visible light images above: The nebulous matter of the nebula is much more transparent in this part of the spectrum, so that one can see much deeper into the cloud, revealing the cluster of young hot OB stars which have just formed from the matter of the Omega nebula. Thanks to Margaret Hanson for valuable informations on what is visible on this image.

  • Amateur images of M17; more amateur images

    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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