The M 17 Region
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The M 17 Region

May 18, 2004
A reproduction of a three-color composite of the sky region of M 17, a H II region excited by a cluster of young, hot stars. A large silhouette disc has been found to the south-west of the cluster center. The present image was obtained with the ISAAC near-infrared instrument at the 8.2-m VLT ANTU telescope at Paranal. In the left photo, the orientation and the scale at the distance of M 17 (7,000 light-years) are indicated, and the main regions are identified.

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