M8 – the Lagoon nebula

Continuing my posting of astronomical images I have taken…
M8 – the Lagoon nebula
Lagoon nebula
[Full version of image]
[The Lagoon nebula] is starforming region full of young stars. It is about 4,000 light years away and 100 light years in size. It was discovered by Hodierna before 1654 and independently found by Flamsteed around 1680. It can be found with binoculars but it pretty challenging and probably not worth trying unless you have excellent sky conditions. It is much fainter than the Orion nebula, so don’t expect to see that kind of clarity.


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