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Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Elephant's Trunk Nebula

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula is an elongated dark globule within the Garnet Star Nebula (IC 1396) in the constellation Cepheus. Located at a distance of 2,450 light-years, the globule is a condensation of dense gas, compressed by the surrounding ionized gas, which is barely surviving the strong ionizing radiation from a nearby massive star.