Compass Image for Lagoon Nebula (Visible)
Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)
The nebula is located 4,000 light-years away from Earth.
Image is 3.5 arcmin across (about 4 light-years).
The HST observations include those from program 15449 (M. Mutchler)
F502N, F547M, F656N, F658N
These images are a composite of separate exposures acquired by the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Several filters were used to sample narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are: