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 - 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:opo9638b
Type:Observation
Release date:22 January 1997, 06:00
Size:742 x 753 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius


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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 41.52
Position (Dec):-24° 22' 48.71"
Field of view:0.56 x 0.57 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 56.5° left of vertical
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