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Contains:  NGC 6544, NGC 6530, M 8, Lagoon nebula, Hourglass nebula, NGC 6523, NGC 6526, The star 9Sgr, The star 7Sgr
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M8 (NGC6523) Lagoon Nebula, 


M8 (NGC6523) Lagoon Nebula

M8 (NGC6523) Lagoon Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 8178x5504

Dates:Aug. 12, 2019

Frames: 101x40"

Integration: 1.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 12.02 days

Avg. Moon phase: 91.69% job: 2882715

RA center: 18h 4' 9"

DEC center: -24° 20' 52"

Pixel scale: 0.927 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 154.677 degrees

Field radius: 1.270

Locations: Home, Houston, TX, United States

Data source: Backyard


The Lagoon Nebula is an emissions nebula located approximately 4,000 - 6,000 light years from Earth. It is 110 light years across and contains many Bok globules which are small dark nebulae normally contained within larger HII regions (I always wondered what these "blobs" were called). They contain molecular Hydrogen, Carbon oxides, Helium, and dust and are thought to form multi-star systems.

The Lagoon Nebula was actually discovered prior to 1654 by Giovanni Hodierna. It always amazes me how astronomers who lived centuries ago were able to see and identify objects as faint as this one.



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M8 (NGC6523) Lagoon Nebula,