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IC 1396 and the Elephant Trunk

This beautiful nebula of hydrogen gas and dust is a stellar nursery that hosts many young stars in the constellation of Cepheus. It is the large IC 1396 emission nebula complex. Within the nebula is located the Elephant Trunk Nebula.
The IC 1396 is about 3,000 light years distant.

Chosen as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for September 8, 2005

Full-res file is about 203 Megapixels with a resolution of about 1 arcsec per pixel. It shows an area of sky large 3,6 x 4,3 (for comparison, the full-Moon has a diameter of about 0,5).
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Copyright: Davide De Martin.

This color image is based on data coming from several photographic plates taken between 1989 and 1993 through the Palomar Observatory's 48-inch (1,2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope as a part of the second National Geographic Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS II). The photographs were recorded on two type of glass photographic plates - one sensitive to red light and the other to blue and later they were digitized. Credit: Caltech, Palomar Observatory, Digitized Sky Survey.

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