Skip to main content

Trifid of the North | Space Wallpaper

NGC 1579 Northern Trifid space wallpaper
Unlike the venomous fictional plants that share its name, the Trifid of the North as seen in this space wallpaper, poses no threat to your vision. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: Bruno Conti)

Unlike the venomous fictional plants that share its name, the Trifid of the North as seen in this space wallpaper, poses no threat to your vision. The Trifid of the North—otherwise known as the Northern Trifid or NGC 1579—is a large, dusty region that is currently forming new stars. This image was released June 2013.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

Space.com Staff

Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. Originally founded in 1999, Space.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists. Our current news team consists of Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik; Editor Hanneke Weitering, Senior Space Writer Mike Wall; Senior Writer Meghan Bartels; Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer Tereza Pultarova and Staff Writer Alexander Cox, focusing on e-commerce. Senior Producer Steve Spaleta oversees our space videos, with Diana Whitcroft as our Social Media Editor.