The Lagoon Nebula (aka Messier 8) is around 5000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). It’s a cloud of gas and dust 100 light-years across where new stars are forming. The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. The image is a tiny part of one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.
A zoomable version of the image is here.
Image Credit: ESO