VISTA’s infrared view of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)

This new infrared view of the star formation region Messier 8, often called the Lagoon Nebula, was captured by the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This image is a wider version of eso1001a and was created from images taken through J, H and Ks near-infrared filters, It was acquired as part of a huge survey of the central parts of the Milky Way. The field of view is about 72 by 39 arcminutes.

Credit:

ESO/VVV
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

About the Image

Id:eso1101d
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1101
Size:12630 x 6954 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 2 18.85
Position (Dec):-24° 28' 27.18"
Field of view:71.81 x 39.54 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 29.5° right of vertical

 

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