Closeup of Jet in Trifid Nebula

Three huge intersecting dark lanes of interstellar dust make the Trifid Nebula one of the most recognizable and striking star birth regions in the night sky.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0417f
Type:Observation
Release date:3 June 2004, 15:00
Size:498 x 217 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 28.68
Position (Dec):-23° 3' 41.71"
Field of view:0.75 x 0.33 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 129.9° 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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