Jan 11

WISE Catches the Lagoon Nebula in Center of Action


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

WISE mission has released a new fanatstic image of Lagoon Nebula. Also known as Messier 8, or simply M8, the Lgoon Nebula is seen looking toward the center of the Milky Way. Our solar system is located on one of the spiral arms, about halfway out from the center of the disk-shaped Milky Way galaxy. When we view the Milky Way from Earth, we are looking into the disk of the galaxy where stars are so numerous that they appear to us as a cloudy band of light stretching across the sky. The center of the Milky Way is located in the constellation Sagittarius, which is where the Lagoon nebula can be found. M8 is a favorite target for amateur astronomers because it can be easily seen with binoculars or a small telescope.(read more)

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