Closeup of Filamentary Structure in Trifid Nebula

The dust, silhouetted against glowing gas and illuminated by starlight, cradles the bright stars at the heart of the Trifid Nebula. This nebula, also known as Messier 20 and NGC 6514, lies within our own Milky Way Galaxy about 9,000 light-years (2,700 parsecs) from Earth, in the constellation Sagittarius.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0417d
Type:Observation
Release date:3 June 2004, 15:00
Size:327 x 327 px

About the Object

Name:M 20, Messier 20, NGC 6514, Trifid Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 2 25.99
Position (Dec):-23° 1' 39.12"
Field of view:0.50 x 0.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 130.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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