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Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula

Messier 8 is a Nebula in the Sagittarius constellation. Messier 8 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Messier 8
Nebula
Sagittarius
Available Resources for Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula

Photometric information of Messier 8

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 8 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

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For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of Messier 8

The following table reports Messier 8 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 8 is a visual representation of it.
45 arcmin
30 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 8

The image below is a photograph of Messier 8 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 1.5x1.5 degrees (90x90 arcmins).

Image of Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula star
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DSS2 image of Messier 8 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (45 arcmin) and minor (30 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 8

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 8 are provided in the following table:

18h 03m 41s
-24° 22’ 49”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 8 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula.

Finder chart Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula.

Rise ans set times of Messier 8 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 114.4°
Max altitude: 14.1°
Azimuth: 245.6°
Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Nebula is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom