Stars, Dust and Gas: Anatomy of a Stellar Factory
NGC 6523- The Lagoon Nebula

Stars, dust and gas combine to create an interstellar industrial zone of astronomical proportions! NGC 6523, also known as the Lagoon Nebula, is a place where stars and planets are fabricated by the force of gravity. This graphic supplements a traditional white light view with two unconventional perspectives in a simple dissection of the nebula's anatomy. Click an icon on the right to explore each panel in more detail.

A 6 panel, 75 mega-pixel image produced with a RCOS .5 meter telescope, Apogee Alta U16M, and Astrodon E-Series filters

1,080 minutes Luminance, 540 minutes Red, 540 minutes Green and 540 minutes Blue (All 1X1)
Image copyright 2010 R Jay GaBany

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