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Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula


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The Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon nebula is yet another giant cloud of (mostly) hydrogen gas, located about 4,100 light-years from earth in the constellation Sagittarius. It is quite bright and is easily visible to the naked eye from a dark location. Like other nebulae, the beautiful colors are only apparent in long exposure images. This is a huge nebula, spanning about 100 light-years across. It contains numerous small dark “globules”, which are collapsing clouds of dust and gas, probably new solar systems in the process of forming.

This image was taken from near Clinton, New York on July 2, 2003. It is a 60 minute exposure on Kodak Supra 400 film. It was taken through my 10" Meade LX200 telescope.


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