The Heart of the Trifid Nebula

The Trifid Nebula, cataloged by astronomers as Messier 20 or NGC 6514, is a well-known region of star formation lying within our own Milky Way Galaxy. It is called the Trifid because the nebula is overlain by three bands of obscuring interstellar dust, giving it a trisected appearance as seen in small telescopes. The Trifid lies about 9,000 light-years (2,700 parsecs) from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0417b
Type:Observation
Release date:3 June 2004, 15:00
Size:2311 x 1461 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 20, NGC 6514, Trifid Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
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656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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