The Lagoon Nebula (M8)

The Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Interstellar cloud toward the constellation Sagittarius

The Lagoon Nebula—which is also known as Messier 8 or M8, NGC 6523, Sharpless 25, RCW 146, and Gum 72—is an interstellar cloud toward the constellation Sagittarius. The nebula is powered by ultraviolet radiation emitted by young, massive, hot stars and is a site of active star formation. The nebula can be just barely glimpsed by the naked eye under very clear, dark conditions. The nebula was discovered by Giovanni Battista Hodierna in the 17th century, prior to its inclusion into the catalog of deep-sky objects published by Charles Messier in the 18th century.

Condor obtained this image of the Lagoon Nebula through the Sloan g', r', and i' filters on the night of May 24, 2022 with an effective exposure time of around 8 minutes.

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Date of acquisition

May 24, 2022


g', r', i'

Exposure time

Approximately 8 minutes


Condor team and National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

The Condor Array Telescope gratefully acknowledges funding from the National Science Foundation.

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