Location of Photo:
Sliding Springs Observatory, NSW, Australia, remotely via itelescope.net from La Jolla, CA, USA.
Date/Time of photo:
June 13, 2016, at 2 AM local time.
Takahashi 90 mm wide field telescope and color imager.
The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20), is approximately 5000 light years from earth, in the constellation Sagittarius. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the red portion), a reflection nebula (the blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifurcated appearance). It was photographed remotely from La Jolla CA with a 90 mm Takahashi Refractor and wide field color camera at Sliding Springs Observatory NSW Australia, using itelescope.net.