The Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8, Glows Bright With New Stars In New VLT Photos [VIDEO]

January 22, 2014 6:03 PM

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The Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8, Glows Bright With New Stars In New VLT Photos [VIDEO]

The European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope, VST, as part of the VPHAS+ Survey, captured the revealing new images of the Lagoon Nebula, located in the constellation of Sagittarius. Messier 8 is a giant gas and dust cloud that is 100 light-years across and features several stellar clusters.

According to ESO, the new image of the Lagoon Nebula is just one example of the detailed work that is being carried out by 11 public surveys, three of which are using the VST to observe the skies in visible light. The VPHAS+ Survey is currently scouting the Southern Galactic Plane and will observe 5...

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