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Messier 20
Messier 20 Trifid Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M20 (NGC 6514) - Trifid Nebula

Messier 20 (NGC 6514), also known as the Trifid Nebula, is a nebula w/cluster located in the constellation Sagittarius, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M20 is 4,000 light years away from Earth.

M20 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 6.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M20 is 28' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Trifid Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. nebula w/cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6514
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 28'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 4,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 2.3m
      1. Dec:
      2. -23 2'
      1. Season:
      2. late summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Sagittarius Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. Barnard 80 dark nebula

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.