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Across The Universe - An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus

14 Feb 2018, 13:52 UTC
Across The Universe - An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus
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An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus: Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.2018 January 16 An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus Image Credit &Copyright: Processing - Robert Gendler,RobertoColombariData -Subaru Telescope (NAOJ),Robert Gendler,Adam Block Explanation: Withimage data from telescopes large and small,this close-up features the dusty Elephant's Trunk Nebula.It winds through the emission nebula and young star clustercomplex IC 1396, in thehigh and far offconstellation ofCepheus.Also known as vdB 142, the cosmic elephant's trunk is over20 light-years long.The colorful view highlights bright, swept-backridges that outline the region's pockets of coolinterstellar dust and gas.Such embedded, dark,tendril-shaped clouds containthe raw material for star formation and hideprotostars within.Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complexcovers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees.This dramatic scene spans a 1 degree wide field,about the size of 2 Full Moons. Tomorrow's picture: orion away<| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip NewmanSpecific rights apply.NASA WebPrivacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD atNASA /GSFC& Michigan Tech. U.ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

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