The Trifid Nebula (full frame)

The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula was captured in all its glory with the Wide-Field Imager camera attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. So named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three nebulae types that reveal the fury of freshly formed stars and point to more star birth in the future. The field of view of the image is approximately 19 x 26 arcminutes. The Trifid Nebula is also known as NGC 6514 and Messier 20.

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ESO

Om billedet

Id:eso0930b
Type:Observation
Udgivelsesdato:26. august 2009
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso0930
Størrelse:4545 x 6122 px

Om objektet

Navn:M 20, Messier 20, NGC 6514, Trifid Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Afstand:5500 lysår
Constellation:Sagittarius
Kategori:Nebulae

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Position (RA):18 2 9.56
Position (Dec):-22° 55' 47.35"
Field of view:18.03 x 24.29 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.1° droite fra lodret