Giant 'Twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula

This Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar 'twisters' -- eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures (upper left) -- in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5, 000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.

Credit:

A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9638a
Type:Observation
Release date:22 January 1997, 06:00
Size:1486 x 1510 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 39.74
Position (Dec):-24° 22' 44.89"
Field of view:2.46 x 2.51 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 55.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
OIII
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
HII
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Optical
SII
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