Fr.: nébuleuse Omega
An → H II region located in the rich star fields of the → Sagittarius area of the Milky Way. Its distance from the Earth is between 5,000 and 6,000 → light-years and spans some 15 light-years in diameter. Its other designations are: Swan Nebula, Messier 17, and NGC 6618.
Omega, Gk. alphabet letter; → nebula.