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Explore M8 The Lagoon Nebula

Messier 8

M8

M8 or commonly known as the Lagoon Nebula is a star-forming region in Sagittarius. It is only one of two emission nebulae that can be seen with the naked eye from most dark sky areas. The other one is the very bright Orion Nebula (M42).

This is a very well photographed object and there are plenty of other images that are more detailed than the one I’ve captured. The name lagoon comes from the separation caused by the dark lane going across the center of the nebula.

Zoomed in area that show the dark lane that the Lagoon is named after
The dark area separating the nebula hence the name Lagoon Nebula

This is my first real astro image that looks good. In angular size, the full extent of the nebula is about three times the size of the moon. The bright nature of the nebula is from the hot ionized hydrogen gas in the stellar nursery.
This image was not edited by me. I had a very kind redditor help me get this image to life.

The area of the sky in Sagittarius that is photographed
Here you can see the area of the sky in Sagittarius imaged.

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