Trifid Nebula

Trifid nebula
Image from NASA /ESA PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE
Trifid Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope public domain image courtesy NASA / ESA)

NGC 6514 / M20

Large (40 ly across) Emission / Reflection Nebula in the Sagittarius Outer Volumes, about 5000 ly from Earth. Reached by and already being colonized by a number of clades and neumanns of various political persuasion, but still very much a frontier system. Not yet connected to the wormhole nexus. Among the indigenous life are a small number of amoebas (Cosmoameoboi), which seem to have spread here from further spinwards along the Sagittarius arm.

 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 09 January 2002.