M17’s many names include the Omega Nebula, the Swan Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula, the Lobster Nebula, and the Checkmark Nebula.
M17 can only just be distinguished with the unaided eye, under the best viewing conditions, and is located just south of the Eagle Nebula and close to the Trifid Nebula (M20) and the Lagoon Nebula (M8).
The equatorial coordinates of the M17 are:
Right Ascension: 18h 20m 26s, Declination: −16° 10′ 36″
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