• NGC 7822 – A Stellar Nursery in Cepheus

    NGC 7822 – A Stellar Nursery in Cepheus

    No fancy name for this emission nebula in Cepheus, but there is a lot of activity. NGC 7822 is a star forming region about 2,900 light years away. Estimates put the width at 21 light years across. However, this 2-panel mosaic is but a tiny portion of the overall emission nebula. Because this is a […]

  • NGC 7635 – The Bubble Nebula of Cassiopeia

    NGC 7635 – The Bubble Nebula of Cassiopeia

    I always like to see how much imagination you need to have to see how the name of a nebula aligns with what we see in the image. We’ve had the Elephant Trunk nebula, the Heart nebula, the Horsehead nebula, and Thor’s Helmet. Some are easier to see than others. But now we get to […]

  • IC 1396A – The Elephant Trunk Nebula

    IC 1396A – The Elephant Trunk Nebula

    Can you spot the Elephant’s Trunk in the image? The large round and dark section at the top, is the elephant’s head. The hole represents the elephant’s eye. And the long, dark stream coming off of the head is the trunk. The Elephant Trunk Nebula (IC 1396A) is part of a much larger nebula, identified […]