A spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula. Seen as a massive cloud of glowing dust and gas, bombarded by the energetic radiation of new stars, this placid name hides a dramatic reality. The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a dramatic view of gas and dust sculpted by intense radiation from hot young stars deep in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8).
This “lake” is water floating around in a cloud surrounding a huge black hole- a quasar, actually. The water keeps being made, too. The black hole is creating it by knocking hydrogen and oxygen atoms together. Officially, NASA says the cloud contains 140 trillion times all the water in the world’s oceans.
Enceladus Jets: The icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus spurts ice particles, water vapor, and trace organic molecules into space. Intriguing to astrobiologists, Enceladus could be one of the best places to look for evidence of life in our Solar System. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute #Saturn #Enceladus #Jets #NASA_JPL_SSI