Optical image of the Trifid Nebula, M20

Optical image of the Trifid Nebula, M20

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Caption: Optical image of the Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC 6514) a cloud of gas and dust lying some 3000 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. The gas glows because it is lit up by ultraviolet radiation from a group of hot young stars lying within it.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, m20, nebula, ngc 6514, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation, trifid, trifid nebula

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