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The Elephant Trunk Nebula, IC1396 | by nwright6302
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The Elephant Trunk Nebula, IC1396

IC1396 is a HII region illuminated by a number of bright young stars.

 

Image taken in H-alpha (red) and r-band (yellow).

 

This image shows a dense region of the nebula (not showing the full Elephant's Trunk), with evidence for ongoing star formation and a significant amount of dust (black) and hydrogen (red). The Elephant Trunk (of which this image shows its base) is an example of a 'Pillar of Creation' where young stars form, like the famous example in the Eagle Nebula.

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Taken on October 19, 2008