Updated Article: Gas and Dust of the Lagoon Nebula
Here is a cool story I found online. Apparently an astronomer Fred Vanderhaven. Has taken this incredible photo. If your interested in learning more about him just do a quick google search. He has a ton of amazing astrophotography photos available online.
Lagoon Nebula” is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region.”
Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven
This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius.
Eighteenth-century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8, while modern-day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as an active stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.
Striking details can be traced through this remarkable picture, processed to remove stars and hence better reveal the Lagoon’s range of filaments of glowing hydrogen gas, dark dust clouds, and the bright, turbulent hourglass region near the image center.
This color composite view was recorded under dark skies near Sydney, Australia. At the Lagoon’s estimated distance, the picture spans about 50 light-years.