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Zodiac: Libra
Sep 24 - Oct 23
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Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula)

Messier object number 8 (NGC 6523) is a diffuse nebula and in the constellation of Archer. It is also known as the Lagoon Nebula. It is approximately 4,000 lightyears away from earth.
The Lagoon Nebula is a well-known gas nebula. Visible only with a telescope, its real beauty becomes obvious on long-exposed photographs. It was discovered by Giovanni Hodierna in the 17th century and subsequently included in his catalogue by Charles Messier. The nebula is a giant area of star forming. New stars are formed from the gas that is illuminated by these newly born stars.
Right ascension
-5h -56m -51.96s (-89.21650°)
The magnitude (brightness) is measured on a logarithmic scale. Small numbers mean bright stars: A star with a brightness of 1 mag is 100 times brighter that an star with 6 mag.
5 mag
not in database
The distance is measured in light years (LY). A light year is the distance, that light travels within one year. 1 LJ is equal to about 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
4,0004,000 ly
not in database
Messier NºMessier Nº
Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Sagittarius (Archer)
The Lagoon Nebula as seen on a long exposed photograph through a large telescope.
Image credit: NASA
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