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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A view of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, in ultra-high resolution!

A view of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, in ultra-high resolution!
Click on the image for full resolution (7.3 MB)

The third image of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project is an amazing vista of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, taken with the 67-million-pixel Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image covers more than one and a half square degree - an area eight times larger than that of the Full Moon - with a total of about 370 million pixels. It is based on images acquired using three different broadband filters (B, V, R) and one narrow-band filter (H-alpha).
The full resolution image weighs 7.3 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO

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