Lagoon Nebula, M8, NGC 6523

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noirlab_noao-lagoon-nebula June 30th, 2020

Credit: SSRO/PROMPT/CTIO

The Lagoon Nebula, M8 or NGC 6523. As one of the showpiece objects of the summer sky in the northern hemisphere, the Lagoon never rises very high from most locations north of the equator. This image of the Lagoon was imaged from Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Twenty hours of data were collected over several nights with seeing usually around 0.5 and occasionally as low as the mid 0.30. Those who are familiar with other images of the Lagoon nebula may note that this version shows more blue: most renditions of this nebula are decidedly reddish in character. However, the objects altitude during much of the imaging as high as 80 degrees minimized the normal tendency for blue extinction that is commonly experienced when imaging objects closer to the horizon. The numerous dark Bok Globules associated with M8 are also readily apparent.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-lagoon-nebula/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Lagoon Nebula M8 NGC 6523
Noirlab_noao-lagoon-nebula_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 3m 40.6s
DEC = -24° 22’ 45.8”
Orientation
North is 27.2° CCW
Field of View
20.9 x 14.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Luminosity PROMPT-1 (CCD) Optical (None) -
Noirlab_noao-lagoon-nebula_1280
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ID
noao-lagoon-nebula
Subject Category
Subject Name
Lagoon Nebula, M8, NGC 6523
Credits
SSRO/PROMPT/CTIO
Release Date
2020-06-30T21:34:06
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-lagoon-nebula/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
PROMPT-1
Instrument
CCD
Color Assignment
Luminosity
Band
Optical
Bandpass
None
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
270.919355269, -24.3793982408
Reference Dimension
3073.0, 2048.0
Reference Pixel
1536.5, 1024.0
Scale
-0.000113566667165, 0.000113566667165
Rotation
27.239999999999984
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
noao-lagoon-nebula
Metadata Date
2019-12-14T18:53:49+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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