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M18 in Sagittarius

M18 in Sagittarius

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M18 (NGC 6613) is a non-descript open cluster containing about 20 members, 4900 light years distant in the constellation Sagittarius. The cluster is very young - estimated to be about 32 million years old. The FOV here is filled with dense dust lanes obscuring some of the background stars.

July 16, 2010