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The Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier Object 8 (M8) and NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud and H II region, in the constellation Sagittarius. At an estimated distance of 4,100 light-years, the Lagoon is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. In binoculars, the Lagoon is a distinct oval cloudlike patch with a definite core, like a pale celestial flower. The nebula has a fragile star cluster superimposed on it, making this one of the leading celestial sights of summer night skies.

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Filename:Lagoon_Les_Granges.jpg
Album name:CSuddell / Nebulae
Rating (6 votes):33333
Link-words:Messier / Nebula
Telescope aperture and focal ratio:ED80 750MM FL
Camera and filters used:HX916 LRGB
Filesize:246 KiB
Date added:Jan 24, 2008
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