Lagoon Nebula

Photo: Pat Murphy’s archive (80k jpg)

NGC 6523

Lagoon Nebula

M 8

  • RA 18:04; Dec -24:23 (Sagittarius)
  • Distance: 4500 ly
  • Type: emission
  • The Lagoon Nebula gets its name from the dark band of dust separating its two bright sections.
  • The Lagoon Nebula is much larger and brighter than its neighbor the Trifid Nebula; it is even visible with the naked eye on a dark night.
  • The open cluster enveloped by the Lagoon Nebula is known as NGC 6530 which contains several dozen hot new stars just formed out of this nebula.

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Bill Arnett1995 April 6