5,000 Year-Old Light from the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula

Here’s the central “heart” of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8), a giant emission nebula and interstellar cloud inside our galaxy located about 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. This is a color-composite and mosaic of images captured by Hubble in visible-light wavelengths on Feb. 12, 2018. The massive stars embedded within the nebula give…