The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry

Massive newborn stars are creating in this dramatic torn apart image of the Trifid Nebula.The Trifid Nebula is home to many thousands of newly created stars. The source of the jet is a young very hot star buried in the cloud.

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Trifid Nebula reveals a stellar nursery being torn apart by radiation from a nearby, massive star.

The picture also provides a peek at embryonic stars forming within an ill-fated cloud of dust and gas, which is destined to be eaten away by the glare from the massive neighbor.

This stellar activity is a beautiful example of how the life cycles of stars like our Sun is intimately connected with their more powerful siblings.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9942a
Type:Observation
Release date:9 November 1999, 19:00
Size:1516 x 1494 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 20, Trifid Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:9000 light years

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