Giant "Twisters" in the Lagoon Nebula
Depicts: M8, NGC 6523, The Lagoon Nebula, Herschel 36
Copyright: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA
This Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar "twisters" -- eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures -- in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.
Last Update: 1 September 2019