The Hourglass Nebula

the brightest condensation of the Lagoon Nebula M8.

[M8 Details, AAT 31]

This feature sits in the brightest condensation of the Lagoon nebula, e.g. in the picture below, or our image on the M8 page. Named the Hourglass Nebula because of its shape, it was first noted by John Herschel, who misleadingly compared it to the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy M31.

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  • More information on this image by David Malin
  • More images by David Malin
  • Old style version the AAT images of the Lagoon Nebula M8

    [M8 Hourglass region, Bill Keel] [PNG]

    Blue light image of the Hourglass Nebula.

    A blue-light CCD image of the innermost part of the Lagoon Nebula, also known as the Hourglass. Data by Bill Keel from the Lowell Observatory 1.1-meter telescope.

    From Bill Keel's Messier Picture Gallery at the University of Alabama.

  • More information on this image (Bill Keel)
  • More images from Bill Keel's collection

    Unusually detailed images of M8 features:
  • HST images of the Hourglass Nebula in M8

  • UKS images of M8 (David Malin)
  • More images of M8
  • Amateur images of M8, more amateur images
  • M8 images by Brad Wallis and Robert Provin
  • M8 images by Andjelko Glivar
  • More images of M8 and M20

    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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