Dark Globule in IC 1396
Ssc2003 06a2

Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope / J.-C. Cuillandre / Coelum, and the Digitized Sky Survey

Observation • December 18th, 2003 • ssc2003-06a2


This image shows a visible light view of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, an elongated dark globule within the emission nebula IC 1396 in the constellation of Cepheus. Located at a distance of 2,450 light-years, the globule is a condensation of dense gas that is barely surviving the strong ionizing radiation from a nearby massive star. The globule is being compressed by the surrounding ionized gas. The dark globule is seen in silhouette at visible-light wavelengths, backlit by the illumination of a bright star located to the left of the field of view.

About the Object

Elephant's Trunk NebulaIC 1396Trumpler 37
Nebula > Appearance > Dark > Bok Globule
2,450 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Optical 440 nm CFHT CFH12K
Optical 550 nm CFHT CFH12K
Optical 700 nm CFHT CFH12K


Position (J2000)
RA =21h 36m 5.9s
Dec = 57° 27' 51.2"
Field of View
22.8 x 18.8 arcminutes
North is 354.9° left of vertical