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.
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).
For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.
Apparent size of Messier 8The 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.
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).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 8
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 8 are provided in the following table:
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°.