"The Lagoon Nebula was captured as part of the public outreach programs at the SkyCenter.
For the northern hemisphere this nebula is second only to the Orion Nebula as it can be glimpsed with unaided eyes and easily discerned with binoculars (as we regularly do as part of our stargazing programs at the SkyCenter). Its astonishing brightness and intricate detail make this a challenging object to render. In fact the image presented above is only a small portion of the nebula.
As a viewer, the object is challenging because when seen at a resolution that fits on your screen- most of the detail is lost (and it looks like every other picture of this nebula...). A sense of depth only becomes evident when looking at the larger views. Multiple, overlapping layers of gas and dust both reveal and hide fascinating features of this stellar nursery. The Lagoon Nebula is around 4,100 light years away and this scene captures approximately 40 light years of the cloud."