VST images the Lagoon Nebula

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.

Credit:

ESO/VPHAS+ team

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About the Image

Id:eso1403a
Language:en-au
Type:Observation
Release date:22 January 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1403
Size:16358 x 11184 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 36.99
Position (Dec):-24° 23' 12.97"
Field of view:58.12 x 39.74 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
Ultraviolet
u
VLT Survey Telescope
Optical
g
VLT Survey Telescope
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VLT Survey Telescope
Optical
H-alpha
VLT Survey Telescope
Optical
r
VLT Survey Telescope

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