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M8

The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier Object 8 (M8) and NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud, classified as an emission nebula and H II region, in the constellation Sagittarius. At an estimated distance of 4,100 light-years, the Lagoon is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. In binoculars, the Lagoon is a distinct oval cloudlike patch with a definite core, like a pale celestial flower. The nebula has a fragile star cluster superimposed on it, making this one of the leading celestial sights of summer night skies.
In 2006 the first four Herbig-Haro objects were detected in the hourglass region of M8 also including HH 870. This provides the first direct evidence of active star formation by accretion in M8.
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Bagged by: Andrew Wilson and Keith Rickard
Method: LX200 8" F10 Classic, MX916 CCD





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