strokes on a canvas,
ridges of color seem to
across this scene.
But here, the canvas is nearly 3 light-years wide and
the colors map emission from ionized gas in the Lagoon
Nebula, recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope's
Camera for Surveys.
Also known as M8, the nebula is a
forming region about 5,000
light-years distant in the constellation
Hubble's remarkably sharp,
view reveals undulating
shapes sculpted by the energetic light and winds from the
region's new born stars.
the Lagoon nebula is a popular target for earthbound skygazers, too.
It features a prominent dust lane and bright hourglass shape in
small telescopes with wider fields of view.