‘Brush strokes on the Canvas of Space’!

Lagoon Nebula (Credit: NASA)

This is a Star forming region in the constellation Sagittarius. It is one of the only two star-forming nebulae which can be seen by the earthbound sky-grazers with unaided eyes from mid-northern latitudes. In the time-exposure photographs, this region looks beautifully coloured (an emission nebula emits light in different colors/wavelengths), but it appears gray to human eye when seen from here due to our unfortunately poor color sensitivity at low light levels.

The region captured here is wide – even if you travel at the speed of light, you will take three years to go from from left hand side of the picture till the right edge.

Here is a beautiful ‘Let-us-zoom-into-the-lagoon’ one-minute Video from Hubble:


About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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2 Responses to ‘Brush strokes on the Canvas of Space’!

  1. Panchi says:

    Here is a nice comment+correction from my colleague in Astromundus – Alexandra, who points out that – ‘Most photographs are color enhanceds afterwards. They do not appear to be colored even on really high sensativity. In order to have color images you require color ccd cameras which hubble doesnt have. All images are color enhanced based on the wavelength emitted and the use of multiple filters where the wavelength peaks.’ 🙂

  2. Very interesting … thanks for posting.

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