Venus and the Lagoon Nebula

venus-m_8-ani   Over the next few days the inner planet Venus will be traversing the width of the Milky Way near the Teapot-shaped asterism of Sagittarius the archer. On Friday and Saturday evenings November 11th and 12th Venus will pass within a few degrees from M-8, the Lagoon Nebula. This should provide for some interesting viewing as well as for taking pictures. This animated graphic shows a daily view starting with the 10th and ending on the 14th.
11nov-bino   The Lagoon Nebula is a star forming region of space about 5,000 light years away. With an apparent magnitude of around 5.0 The Lagoon Nebula is visible to the naked eye as a grayish colored fuzzy patch of light,and with binoculars a little more detail is visible. A telescope shows even more detail but still no color.
m8However with a camera and the appropriate settings the Lagoon Nebula shows a pink to reddish color.

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

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