Take a look inside the Lagoon Nebula

A new video released by NASA takes you on a journey through the stellar nursery that is the Lagoon nebula.


The images that make up the video were taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The Lagoon Nebula resides 4,000 light-years away and the images show a region of the nebula measuring about 4 light-years across. The vibrancy of this nebula comes from the nebulas cascades of dust and gas, which is shaped by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds. At the heart of the nebula is a star known as Herschel 36, which is around 200,000 times brighter than our sun and 32 times as big. Only one million years old, Herschel 36, is sitting amount many young stars amongst the clouds. Within the dark, more intense outer edge clouds, new stars are being formed.

Credits: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, D. Player, J. DePasquale, F. Summers, and Z. Levay (STScI) Acknowledgement: Fujii, Digitized Sky Survey, ESO/VPHAS, and Crisp

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