M20 - Trifid Nebula

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The Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) is located in Sagittarius currently in the SE sky at night. It was discovered by Charles Messier on June 5, 1764. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (reddish portion), a reflection nebula (bluish portion) and a dark nebula (gaps within the emission nebula). It is a mere 5,200 light years from earth and about 21 light years across The age estimate for M20 is about 300,000 years old. Taken with a D5300 on an 8" Meade LX200GPS scope. About 2 hours worth of 120 second exposures plus some supporting frames.

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Impressive!!!! I can't wrap my mind around the age of such things, the size and distance involved.....or the skill required to capture images such as this!
 
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Looking at your fabulous picture, I instantly heard this song:

"When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius
Aquarius"
 

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