M20 (NGC 6514) Trifid Nebula
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Type Location r.a. dec. Size Magnitude Distance
Nebula Sagittarius 18h02.6 -23°02 29' x 27' 9 5.2 Kly

The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20 or M20 and as NGC 6514) is an H II region located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars, an emission nebula (the lower red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifid appearance).
M20 lies at a distance of about 5,200 light-years.

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