M8 – The Lagoon Nebula

by on Oct.05, 2013, under Image Gallery


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Located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Lagoon Nebula may be one of the most widely observed objects in the nighttime sky. To the unaided eye it appears as a faint patch of cloud that is buried amongst a sea of stars. This emission nebula resides 5,800 light-years away from Earth, and is a very well known region of stellar birth. This area is 3 to 4 times more fruitful in massive star production than other regions.

Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 30 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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