IC1396A is the designation for the Elephant Trunk Nebula: a dense cloud of ionized gas that has been compressed into a round shape from opposing forces of a massive star and several younger stars. The larger star illuminates the edge of the cloud and provides contrast for the trunk that curls at the end of a long column of interstellar dust. It is believed this compressed gas is forming into protostars.
⭐ This photograph is part of our signature series.
|Telescope:||Celestron EdgeHD 9.25|
|Total exposure:||3 h|
|Ra:||21h 35m 22.3s|
|Dec:||+57° 31' 11.28|
|Size:||33.671 x 23.769 arcmin|