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December 27, 2016

The Elephant Trunk Nebula

This image of the Elephant Trunk Nebula was taken with the Mosaic camera on the WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory located near Tucson, Arizona. The Elephant Trunk is a dense, elongated cloud of gas inside a bright cluster of stars known as IC 1396. The trunk conceals many young protostars that are in the process of forming. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Dec. 27, 2016)

Credit: T.A. Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage; WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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