Hubble's 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula

To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this amazing and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. The whole nebula, about 4000 light-years away, is an incredible 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall. This image shows only a small part of this turbulent star-formation region, about four light-years across.

This stunning nebula was first catalogued in 1654 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna, who sought to record nebulous objects in the night sky so they would not be mistaken for comets. Since Hodierna’s observations, the Lagoon Nebula has been photographed and analysed by many telescopes and astronomers all over the world.

The observations were taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 between 12 February and 18 February 2018.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, STScI

About the Image

Id:heic1808a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 April 2018, 16:00
Related releases:heic1808
Size:4782 x 6028 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:4000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 39.42
Position (Dec):-24° 22' 49.77"
Field of view:3.19 x 4.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
y
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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