In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula

The center of the Lagoon Nebula is a whirlwind of spectacular star formation.
Visible on the upper left, at least two long funnel-shaped clouds, each roughly
half a light-year long, have been formed by extreme stellar winds and intense
energetic starlight. The tremendously bright nearby star, Hershel 36, lights the
area. Vast walls of dust hide and redden other hot young stars. As energy from
these stars pours into the cool dust and gas, large temperature differences in
adjoining regions can be created generating shearing winds which may cause the
funnels. This picture, spanning about 5 light years, was taken in 1995 by the
orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The Lagoon Nebula, also known as M8, lies
about 5000 light years distant toward the constellation of Sagittarius.