The Lagoon Nebula (M8) -- Located in the constellation Sagittarius
HOW TO FIND
THE LAGOON NEBULA:
Brooke Shields in "The Blue Lagoon" it ain't, but there's no denying this Lagoon's ageless beauty. We'd tell you, "Come on in, the water's fine," but that just doesn't make sense.
About the Lagoon Nebula
While we certainly agree that the M8 Nebula looks like a lagoon, there's no real background story to its name. We imagine that the astronomers who first contemplated it agreed that it looked very much like a lagoon and left it at that. After all, they were busy giving good names to some of the features that lie within this nebula, like the Bok globules, for example. These excellently named dark, ominous nebulae are actually collapsing protostellar clouds, which also sounds pretty cool.
Dive in to the Lagoon Nebula
M42 & M13: courtesy of Tim Hunter and James McGaha, Grasslands Observatory at http://www.3towers.com; M31 & M45: courtesy of Herm Perez, http://home.att.net/~hermperez/default.htm; M8: courtesy of Bob Star, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52031391@N00/70287323 / CC BY 2.0
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