Mars, Lagoon Nebula and Trifid Nebula


Mars, Lagoon Nebula (M8), Trifid Nebula (M20) amongst the stars of the Milky Way.

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Mars, Lagoon Nebula (M8), Trifid Nebula (M20) amongst the stars of the Milky Way.

Mars, Lagoon Nebula (M8), Trifid Nebula (M20) amongst the stars of the Milky Way.

This is a particularly nice combination of objects, having the bright orange-yellow Mars, Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) to the right, and Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) to the right-bottom of frame. The combination of objects is set amongst a sea of stars which is the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

The pink nebulosity of the Lagoon Nebula is seen alongwith some extended red-pink areas of nebulosity in the Milky Way, slightly left of centre at the top of image. The dusty yellow appearance to the background stars is conducive with the setting of this image, in the central region of our Milky Way (as viewed from our perspective). Remember when looking at this image that the bright Mars is very nearby, like your hand at arms length, as compared to the stars and nebulas which are far, far in the distance, like a mountain only just looming in to view over a distant flat horizon.

I find the combination of such objects in an astronomy photograph interesting to consider, because while they all appear in the same 2 dimensional plane in a photograph we are actually looking at vast differences of distance, and dramatically different scale of objects. As such I did the following annotated version of this photograph which explains the distance and size of each object, putting some sense of perspective on the situation:


When you order his print I will clarify with you which you would like – the annotated or not annotated version. If able to, please specify your request in the comments of your order. If you wish to purchase both you will need to add two prints to your shopping cart.

As with all my prints, these are true long lasting photographic prints, individually prepared and signed by me the photographer. Each print is shipped with care information and identification label for framing

This astrophotograph can be purchased digitally for self-printing, use in books and publications, corporate material, marketing material, etc. Contact me to organise a copyright agreement.

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