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June 3, 2004 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-17

New Hubble Image Reveals Details in the Heart of the Trifid Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Trifid Nebula, M20, NGC 6514
Object Description: Emission Nebula; HII Region
Position (J2000): R.A. 18h 02m 23s.00
Dec. -23° 01' 48".0
Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: Approximately 9,000 light-years (2800 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 3.9 arcminutes (10.2 light-years or 3.1 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from the following proposal: 9104: F. Yusef-Zadeh (Northwestern U.), J. Biretta (STScI), C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt U.), and M. Wardle (U. Sydney).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): 2001: June 3, July 5, August 1; 2002: June 18, June 22
Exposure Time: 1.7 hours
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F656N (H-alpha), F673N ([S II])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: June 3, 2004
Orientation: The Heart of the Trifid Nebula (Messier 20/NGC 6514)