M8 - The Lagoon Nebula - 7.03.05

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 10"
Mount: Meade
Camera: SX H9C
Filters: None
Exposure:  20 Minutes
Location: Waldwick, NJ
The Lagoon Nebula contains collapsing dark clouds of dust and gas that are the birthplace for new stars. Within the brightest part of the Lagoon is
the feature called the Hourglass Nebula. This nebula is named for its distinctly hourglass shape. The Hourglass is in an active star formation region
of the Lagoon. Very hot young stars excite this bright emission nebula. The primary illuminator of the Hourglass is the hot star Herschel 36, which
appears just to its right.
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