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Giant 'Twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula

Giant 'Twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula

Date: 30 July 2015
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8, NGC 6523
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 (upper left) – in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-May-2024 06:20 UT

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