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.