Photo © Anglo-Australian Observatory, David Malin (154k gif)
- RA 18:02, Dec -23:02 (Sagittarius)
- Distance: 2000 ly
- Type: emission / reflection nebulae
- The Trifid Nebula gets its name from the three dark lanes the divide it.
- The red part is an emission nebula powered by a bright triple star CC 24537; the fainter blue part is a reflection nebula surrounding a hot O-type star
- The Trifid Nebula is just 1 1/2 degrees from the much larger Lagoon Nebula.
|Bill Arnett||1997 Oct 21|