Closeup of Proplyd in Trifid Nebula

The Trifid 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:opo0417e
Type:Observation
Release date:3 June 2004, 15:00
Size:270 x 270 px

About the Object

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

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 2 23.27
Position (Dec):-23° 1' 35.02"
Field of view:0.14 x 0.14 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 129.9° right of vertical

Colours & filters

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

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