- 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.
UO 65k gif
|Bill Arnett||1995 April 6|