Lagoon Nebula

M8, NGC 6523

A nebulous region roughly five thousand light years from the Solar System, in the direction of the Milky Way's core. More than a hundred light years from end to end, several new stars are forming within the matter that makes up the nebula. Forces from one brilliant new star that has already formed within the nebula generate a distinct structure within the heart of the cloud, sometimes referred to as the Hourglass.

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