Object name: M017
M17 is a Nebula in Sagittarius that is below my -15 degree cut off but I hadn't made that "rule" in 2006 when this was taken. The Nebula goes by many names including Swan Nebula, Horseshoe Nebula and even Lobster Nebula (mostly by southern hemisphere folks). It is thought to be about 5000 light-years away. It is one of many star-forming regions seen in this part of the Milky Way, that is, looking toward the galaxies core. Others are M16, M20 and M8 to name a few, most too far south for me to catch but as fuzzy blobs as seen from this far north.