Infrared view of the Lagoon Nebula

To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this amazing and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. Using its infrared capabilities, the telescope was able to peer through the thick clouds of dust and gas.

The most obvious difference between Hubble’s infrared and visible images of this region is the abundance of stars that fill the field of view in the infrared. Most of them are more distant, background stars located behind the nebula. However, some of them are young stars within the Lagoon Nebula itself.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, STScI

About the Image

Id:heic1808b
Type:Observation
Release date:19 April 2018, 16:00
Related releases:heic1808
Size:4782 x 6028 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:4000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 39.43
Position (Dec):-24° 22' 49.71"
Field of view:3.19 x 4.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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