Wide-field view of the Lagoon Nebula (ground-based image)

This image from the Digitized Sky Survey shows the area around the Lagoon Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 8. This nebula is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2 (Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin)

About the Image

Id:heic1517b
Type:Observation
Release date:30 July 2015, 15:00
Related releases:heic1808, heic1517
Size:10683 x 10704 px

About the Object

Name:Herschel 36, Lagoon Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:4500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 41.19
Position (Dec):-24° 22' 46.01"
Field of view:179.54 x 179.89 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
467 nmDSS
Optical
R
660 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2

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