Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula
M8 is an enormous region of gas, dust, and star formation. Is thought to be about 140 light-years across and about 5,200 light-years distant. It can be found in the constellation Sagittarius, and is faintly visible to the naked eye from a dark site.
Note some very red stars in this image, for example within a wisp of nebulosity to the right of center.
• Date: July 2,
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