Waves breaking in the stellar lagoon

This close-up shot of the centre of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) clearly shows the delicate structures formed when the powerful radiation of young stars interacts with the hydrogen cloud they formed from.

This image was created from exposures taken with the Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on Hubble. Light from glowing hydrogen (through the F658N filter) is coloured red. Light from ionised nitrogen (through the F660N filter) is coloured green and light through a yellow filter (F550M) is coloured blue. The exposure times through each filter are 1560 s, 1600 s and 400 s respectively. The blue-white flare at the upper-left of the image is scattered light from a bright star just outside the field of view. The field of view is about 3.3 by 1.7 arcminutes.

Credit:

NASA, ESA.

About the Image

Id:heic1015a
Type:Observation
Release date:22 September 2010, 14:00
Related releases:heic1015
Size:3924 x 2006 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:5000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Nii
660 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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