NOAO image of 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. 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.



About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:3 June 2004, 15:00
Size:2048 x 2048 px

About the Object

Name:M 20, Messier 20, NGC 6514, Trifid Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula

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