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Spiculum, Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC6623) Facts

Spiculum, Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC6623) Facts Emission Nebula in Sagittarius

Spiculum, Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC6623) is an emission nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 4100 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.

It is referred to as M(8) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6523) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Emission Nebula's location is 18:03.8 (R.A.) and -24:23 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 90x40 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Lagoon nebula (M8, NGC6523) is an Emission Nebula that was first discovered by Giovanni Battista Hodierna before 1654, and was then recovered by Guillaume Le Gentil in 1747 and independently noted as a "Nebula" by John Flamsteed about 1680 - who cataloged it as his Number 2446 ref:U.T.

Fact File


NameSpiculum, Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC6623)
TypeEmission Nebula
Messier Id8
NGC Id6523
ConstellationSagittarius
Right Ascension18:03.8
Declination-24:23
Distance (Lt.Yr)4100
Apparent Dimension90x40
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1747
DiscovererLe Gentil


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