Zoom in to the Trifid Nebula

The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius, the Archer, was captured in all its glory with the Wide-Field Imager camera attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. Named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three nebulae types that reveal the fury of freshly formed stars and point to more star birth in the future.


ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard) and A. Fujii. Music by John Dyson from the CD darklight

About the Video

Release date:26 August 2009
Related releases:eso0930
Duration:56 s

About the Object



Large QT
14.3 MB


Video Podcast
10.2 MB
Medium MPEG-1
23.6 MB
Medium Flash
13.4 MB


Small Flash
6.1 MB
Small QT
3.4 MB

For Broadcasters

Broadcast SD
285.2 MB

Also see our