Messier 20 - Trifid Nebula - 11 x 14" - Fiberboard

Photographer: Marsha Wilcox

This is an 11 x 14″ picture with a fiberboard backing. No frame or hanger included.

The Trifid Nebula (also known as M20) is an H II region approximately 4,100 light years distant, located in Sagittarius constellation. 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 trifurcated appearance; these are also designated Barnard 85). The Trifid Nebula is a star-forming region in the Scutum spiral arm of the Milky Way. The most massive star that has formed in this region is HD 164492A, an O7.5III star with a mass more than 20 times the mass of the Sun. This star is surrounded by a cluster of approximately 3100 young stars.