Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: IC 1396 in Cepheus

IC 1396 in Cepheus
Stunning emission [ ] nebula IC 1396 mixes [ ] glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus [ ]. Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region [ ] sprawls across hundreds of light-years -- spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light-years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes [ ] within IC 1396, the winding Elephant's Trunk [ ] nebula lies just below center. The gorgeous color view is a composition of digitized [ ] black and white photographic plates recorded through red and blue astronomical filters. The plates were taken using the Samuel Oschin Telescope [ ], a wide-field survey instrument at Palomar Observatory [ ], between 1989 and 1993.
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Digitized Sky Survey [ ], ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator [ ]
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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