Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars are seen here in the Lagoon Nebula, also known as Messier 8 and NGC 6523, with green carbon-based dust and the red glow of the hottest dust.
Visible light shows the pools of hot gas surrounding the massive, young stars, while over-layed infrared imaging looks past the gas to show the dusty basin that it fills.
April 19, 2012 10:35 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech
| Caption by: James Martin
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