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Object ic 1396

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 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 above center. Stars could still be forming inside the dark shapes by gravitational collapse. But as the denser clouds are eroded away by powerful stellar winds and radiation, any forming stars will ultimately be cutoff from the reservoir of star stuff.

The entire IC 1396 region is ionized by a massive star, except for dense globules that can protect themselves from the star’s harsh ultraviolet rays.


Scope Canon 200mm lens at f2.3
Camera Canon EOS t3i modified
Mount Losmandy G11
Filters none
Guiding St-i through a Zenithstar 80mm refractor
Exposure Info 1 hour total exposure time (12x5 minutes)
Date September 10, 2018
Copyright Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory