Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Elephant's Trunk Nebula

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula is a part of the larger IC 1396, known for its dense core that resembles an elephant's trunk. Featured in our Unique Space Artwork, it's a site of active star formation.


Approximately 2,400 light years from Earth

Apparant Magnitude


Object Type

Bright Globule (part of a larger emission nebula)

From the Artist

"I've been trying to take the perfect shot of the Elephant Trunk Nebula for three years now. Every time I look at it, I see something new and amazing, every corner of this nebula I find tells a story, and in the center of it all, a dark figure is lurking, reaching from beyond... or it's just my imagination.

The nebula, located in the constellation Cepheus, resembles a cosmic silhouette against the bright background of ionized gas, is a stellar nursery, where new stars are born from dense pockets of gas and dust.

This latest integration is my longest one yet. Composed of two images / a Mosaic, each one consisted of around 4 hours of Hydrogen Alpha, and oxygen, 5.5 hours of sulfur, and 2.5 hours of rgb and star data.. all that multiplied by two is about 24 hours of total exposure time throughout the months of August and September."

In the Cosmos

The location of the elephants trunk neubula inside the Cepheus constellation

Residing in the constellation Cepheus, this nebula is surrounded by a cluster of young stars. Cepheus, named after a king in Greek mythology, boasts of several notable deep-sky objects.