IC1396 is a large emission nebula complex located in the constellation Cepheus.
The nebula is also a star forming region which contains some very young stars (less than 100.000 years old). These stars were discovered in infrared images taken in 2003.
It lies at a distance of about 2.400 light years and has a diameter of several hundred light years.
The dense dark patch of nebula located to the center-right is also known as the Elephant’s Trunk nebula.
|IC1396 – The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula
|21h 39m 06s
|+57° 30′ 00″
|Barnard 161, IC1396A, LDN1105, vDB142