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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 colour picture was created from images taken through J, H and Ks near-infrared filters, and which were acquired as part of a huge survey of the central parts of the Milky Way. The field of view is about 34 by 15 arcminutes.

Credit:

ESO/VVV
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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About the Image

Id:eso1101a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1101
Size:5990 x 2659 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula, M 8, 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 37.01
Position (Dec):-24° 23' 13.52"

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
H
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

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