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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