Messier Catalog » M20 — NGC 6514 Trifid Nebula

Trifid means 'three lobe' and refers to the illusion created by a wispy dark nebula spidering across the face of a more distant emission nebula.
M20: Trifid Nebula

Trifid means 'three lobe' and refers to the illusion created by a wispy dark nebula spidering across the face of a more distant emission nebula.

This is a specially framed capture to grab two Messier objects, one of which is a cluster, reflection nebula, emission nebula, and dark nebula all at the same time.
M20 and M21: Trifid Nebula and Webb's Cross

This is a specially framed capture to grab two Messier objects, one of which is a cluster, reflection nebula, emission nebula, and dark nebula all at the same time.

 
RA

18h 2.3m

Dec

-23°2

Magnitude

9 ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚫

Size

28

Distance

5,200 light years

Season

☀ Summer

Difficulty

❌ Very Hard