The Trifid Nebula (cataloged as NGC 6514 or M20) was discovered by the famous French astronomer Charles Messier on June 5, 1764. This interstellar cloud is located about 5,400 light-years away in the Sagittarius constellation. The above picture, taken by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), shows a storm of stars brewing in the Trifid Nebula. The intense yellow and orange parts of the picture are new stars being born while the blue stars scattered around the picture are the older stars in this nebula. The main green cloud overlapping the many stars is made up of hydrogen gas.
NASA’s Hubble Space telescope and the Spitzer telescope combine for this beautiful image comprising of both the infrared and visible light spectrum (image is a false colour composite). The Orion Nebula is about 1,500 light years from Earth and is the bright part of the Orion/Hunter constellation. This picture shows many young/baby stars and four very large stars at the center of this cosmic cloud.