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Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC6514) Facts

Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC6514) Facts Emission/Reflection Nebula in Sagittarius

Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC6514) is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 5200 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.

It is referred to as M(20) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6514) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Emission/Reflection Nebula's location is 18:02.6 (R.A.) and -23:02 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 28.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC6514) has a radius of 21 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 42 light years. It would take a space ship 42 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

Trifid nebula (M20,NGC6514) is a emission/reflection nebula. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(18:02.6), Dec(-23:02) and its distance is calculated 5.2 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 28.0.

Fact File


NameTrifid Nebula (M20, NGC6514)
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id20
NGC Id6514
ConstellationSagittarius
Right Ascension18:02.6
Declination-23:02
Distance (Lt.Yr)5200
Radius (Lt.Yr)21.00
Apparent Dimension28.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1764
DiscovererCharles Messier
CoprightAnglo-Australian Observatory


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