The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula was captured in all its glory with the Wide-Field Imager camera attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. So named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three nebulae types that reveal the fury of freshly formed stars and point to more star birth in the future. The field of view of the image is approximately 13 x 17 arcminutes.
The Trifid Nebula is an emmision/reflection nebula that lies 5,200 light years away. It is also known as M20 (Messier 20) or NGC 6514 or Bernard 85. It is located in an H II reigon located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. Its magnitude is 6.3.