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Trifid Nebula
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Trifid Nebula

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 14.8´ × 20.0´ on the sky, of the Trifid Nebula, aka Messier 20 and NGC 6514. The Trifid is only about 1.5 degrees northwest on the sky of the larger Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) in the constellation Sagittarius, and is at a distance from us of or 5477 light years, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. It gets its name from its optical appearance, from three dark dust lanes that divide it. 2001 May 16-29


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