Messier 8, aka the Lagoon Nebula


Starry Lagoon

Image courtesy ESO

Condensing dust and gas light up newborn stars in a picture of Messier 8, aka the Lagoon Nebula.

About a hundred light-years across, the stellar nursery is among the few such nebulae visible to the naked eye. It boasts a number of huge, hot stars that are sculpting the clouds with their strong radiation.


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