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Quartet in Sagittarius Herrmann Hancock 2013 small


Quartet in Sagittarius Herrmann Hancock 2013 small

Lying near the heart of our Milky Way galaxy the Lagoon and it rich star field is anything but tranquil. This is a hectic region of star forming activity, which consumes the molecular clouds leaving vast holes of emptiness light-years in size. The radiation from these newly formed hot stars irradiates the remaining molecular material resulting in a red and bluish/green fluorescence.

In addition to the Lagoon (M8) the image also contains the Trifid (M20), and M21 and NGC6559 star clusters.

This image was a combined effort of myself and Terry Hancock from Michigan. The combined effort totals 14 hours of exposure time.


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