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April 24, 2003 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-13

Hubble Captures a Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: M17 (NGC 6618, Omega Nebula, Swan Nebula)
Object Description: Gaseous Nebula in the Milky Way Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 18h 20m 46.15s
Dec. -16° 09' 26".69
Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: About 5,500 light-years (1690 parsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 1.9.arcminutes (3.1 light-years or 0.95 parsecs) across.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST archive proposal 6574 by J. Hester and P. Scowen (ASU), and R. Sankrit (JHU).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): May 29/30, 1999
Exposure Time: 3.4 hours
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F656N (Ha), F673N ([S II])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (ASU)
Release Date: April 24, 2003
Orientation: A Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases in the Omega/Swan Nebula (M17)