M8, Lagoon Nebula

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noirlab_noao-noao-m8 June 30th, 2020

Credit: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage)

This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic camera on the KPNO 0.9m-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. M8 is a giant star forming region. It is so big that it is faintly visible to the naked eye. The gas in the nebula is energized by a massive star at its center, causing the gas to glow. The dark objects within the nebula are called Bok globules, and are dense clouds of gas in which new stars are forming. The image was generated with observations in Hydrogen alpha (red), Oxygen [OIII] (green) and Sulfur [SII] (blue) filters. In this image, North is left, East is down

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-noao-m8/

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
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 3m 48.9s
DEC = -24° 33’ 6.2”
Orientation
North is 89.9° CW
Field of View
51.9 x 53.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Sll) 672.0 nm
Green WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Olll) 499.0 nm
Red WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Ha) 656.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
noao-noao-m8
Subject Category
Subject Name
Lagoon Nebula, M8
Credits
T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Release Date
2020-06-30T21:34:05
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-noao-m8/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope, WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope, WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Instrument
Mosaic 1, Mosaic 1, Mosaic 1
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Sll, Olll, Ha
Central Wavelength
672, 499, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
270.9538315, -24.55171393
Reference Dimension
7324.0, 7519.0
Reference Pixel
1694.376923, 3727.596771
Scale
-0.000118, 0.000118
Rotation
-89.8997572
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-noao-m8
Metadata Date
2020-10-01T12:46:15.870609
Metadata Version
1.1
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