From Jodrell Bank: “Image of the Month – The Trifid Nebula, M20”

Jodrell Bank Lovell Telescope

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

All of the below images are of the Trifid Nebula


“The Trifid Nebula is a star formation region in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Archer, that lies at a distance of about 9,000 light years and spans a distance of about 10 light years. The three prominent dust lanes that come together in the centre give it its name. It is the ultra-violet light from a single massive star at its heart that excites the surrounding gas to glow whilst its visible light shows the wonderful detail in the dust lanes. This beautiful image is the work of Martin Pugh, who provided the colour data, and Robert Gendler who assemble the image using additional imaging data from the HST and Subaru Telescopes. Wonderful!”

See the original article here.

Credits Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space telescope, ESA,NASA, Martin Pugh; processing by Robert Gendler.

Another view, Hubble

Spitzer’s infrared view

ESO’s view

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