Waves breaking in the stellar lagoon

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esahubble_heic1015a September 22nd, 2010

Credit: NASA, ESA.

This close-up shot of the centre of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) clearly shows the delicate structures formed when the powerful radiation of young stars interacts with the hydrogen cloud they formed from. This image was created from exposures taken with the Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on Hubble. Light from glowing hydrogen (through the F658N filter) is coloured red. Light from ionised nitrogen (through the F660N filter) is coloured green and light through a yellow filter (F550M) is coloured blue. The exposure times through each filter are 1560 s, 1600 s and 400 s respectively. The blue-white flare at the upper-left of the image is scattered light from a bright star just outside the field of view. The field of view is about 3.3 by 1.7 arcminutes.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1015a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Lagoon Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission > H II Region
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 3m 45.0s
DEC = -24° 20’ 20.2”
Orientation
North is 61.9° CW
Field of View
3.3 x 1.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (Nii) 660.0 nm
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 550.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
heic1015a
Subject Category
B.4.2.1.1  
Subject Name
Lagoon Nebula
Credits
NASA, ESA.
Release Date
2010-09-22T14:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1015a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
H-alpha, Nii, V
Central Wavelength
658, 660, 550
Start Time
Integration Time
1560, 1600, 400
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
270.93760878, -24.3389324759
Reference Dimension
3924.0, 2006.0
Reference Pixel
1962.0, 1003.0
Scale
-1.38996064579e-05, 1.38996064579e-05
Rotation
-61.859999999999992
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1015a
Metadata Date
2010-06-15T18:04:02+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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