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Star Factory Messier 17

Star Factory Messier 17 - stars, space, swan nebula, m 17, sagittarius, vlt, omega nebula
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Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this degree wide field of view spans almost 100 light-years, courtesy of ESO's new VLT Survey Telescope and OmegaCAM. The sharp, false color image includes both optical and infrared data, following faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars. Stellar winds and energetic light from hot, massive stars formed from M17's stock of cosmic gas and dust have slowly carved away at the remaining interstellar material producing the cavernous appearance and undulating shapes. M17 is also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula.
lara Uploaded by lara on . Star Factory Messier 17 - Desktop Nexus Space Download free wallpapers and background images: Star Factory Messier 17. Desktop Nexus Space background ID 715853. Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this degree wide field of view spans almost 100 light-years, courtesy of ESO's new VLT Survey Telescope and OmegaCAM. The sharp, false color image includes both optical and infrared data, following faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars. Stellar winds and energetic light from hot, massive stars formed from M17's stock of cosmic gas and dust have slowly carved away at the remaining interstellar material producing the cavernous appearance and undulating shapes. M17 is also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula. Rating: 4.4

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Talana
Posted by Talana on 08/25/11 at 08:42 AM
Incredible :) :)
Caravansarai
Posted by Caravansarai on 07/01/11 at 11:31 PM
Thank you...D+1.
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Total Downloads: 1,197
Times Favorited: 11
Uploaded By: lara
Date Uploaded: June 30, 2011
Filename: esoM17b2000.jpg
Original Resolution: 2000x1316
File Size: 1.4MB
Category: Stars

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