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The Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula (aka Messier 8, NGC 6523, Sharpless 25, RCW 146, and Gum 72) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation of Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region.

It is estimated to be between 4,000–6,000 light-years away from the Earth. It's actual size is 110 by 50 light years. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules (dark, collapsing clouds of protostellar material).

Total integration: 1.5 hrs

Telescope: ASA 500N, Chi-2

Camera: FLI PL16803

Location: El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Chile

Date of observation: 2nd May 2022

Filters: Astrodon SHO 3nm

Processing: PixInsight, Topaz, Photoshop

Credits; Data: Telescope Live, Processing: Jonathan Lodge

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