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In the Center of the Trifid Nebula

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

    Jul 28, 2004

    In the Center of the Trifid Nebula
    Credit & Copyright: Daniel Lopez (Observatorio del Teide

    Explanation: Clouds of glowing gas mingle with lanes of dark dust in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of Sagittarius. In the center, the three huge dark dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow. The Trifid, also known as M20, is only about 300,000 years old, making it among the youngest emission nebula known. The nebula lies about 9,000 light years away and part pictured above spans about 10 light years. The above image was created by the 0.8-meter IAC80 telescope on the Canary Islands of Spain.

    (Via NASA)
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    WoW, Look at the plant monster!
  3. Webster

    Webster The Red Tarheel

    Dec 7, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    ....at least we now know what happened to the plant monster from Little Shop of Horrors........ :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

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