This close-up shot of the centre of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) clearly shows the delicate structures formed when the powerful radiation of young stars interacts with the hydrogen cloud they formed from.
Unlike many Hubble objects M8 can just barely be seen with the naked eye under dark skies as a faintly greyish white smudge. This active star forming region is 5000 light years away towards the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.
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