Elephant's Trunk nebula, infrared image

Elephant's Trunk nebula, infrared image

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Caption: Elephant's Trunk nebula, infrared image. This nebula, also called IC 1396 and VdB 142, lies some 2400 light years from Earth in the constellation Cepheus. It is a site of star formation, where embryonic stars are produced within the dark dust clouds (centre). These hot young stars ionise the surrounding hydrogen gas, causing it to glow red. Image obtained using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands, as part of the IPHAS (The INT Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane) survey.

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