Deep Sky

NGC 6514
Trifid Nebula
Rumor has it that this nebula was named after the sci-fic movie The Day of the Triffids, but that can't be confirmed.  We do know that it was discovered by Le Gentil also in 1747.  This nebula as well as M8 above are very close together.  This diffused nebula is about 5,000 light years from earth.  A fired up 7th magnitude star illuminates this nebula.  Images will show the nebula's red, pink and blue colors.