Giant 'twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula

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esahubble_opo9638b January 22nd, 1997

Credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA

This Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar 'twisters' - eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures - in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9638b/

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 > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 3m 41.5s
DEC = -24° 22’ 48.7”
Orientation
North is 56.5° CW
Field of View
0.6 x 0.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Sii) -
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Hii) -
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Oiii) -
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ID
opo9638b
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Lagoon Nebula
Credits
A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA
Release Date
1997-01-22T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9638b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Sii, Hii, Oiii
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
270.9229905, -24.3801986
Reference Dimension
742.0, 753.0
Reference Pixel
372.0, 377.5
Scale
1.26796155425e-05, 1.25828435633e-05
Rotation
-56.5
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
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
opo9638b
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:47:37+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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