Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats
No comments

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jul 26, 2013 -- The Elephant's Trunk in IC 1396

By OpEdNews admin   ()     Permalink
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags

View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

View Astronomy Picture of the Day Archives

Jul 26, 2013

The Elephant's Trunk in IC 1396
Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Lozano de Haro

Courtesy of
Like an illustration in a galactic Just So Story, the Elephant's Trunk Nebula winds through the emission nebula and young star cluster complex IC 1396, in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Of course, the cosmic elephant's trunk is over 20 light-years long. This composite was recorded through narrow band filters that transmit the light from ionized hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen atoms in the region. The resulting image highlights the bright swept-back ridges that outline pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Such embedded, dark, tendril-shaped clouds contain the raw material for star formation and hide protostars within the obscuring cosmic dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees. This close-up mosaic covers a 2 degree wide field, about the size of 4 Full Moons.


Related Topic(s): , Add Tags


The time limit for entering new comments on this astronomy picture has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments