IC 1396 - Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust in the star cluster IC 1396 and ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The Elephant Trunk nebula is now thought to be site of star formation, containing several very young (less than 100,000 yr) stars that were discovered in infrared images in 2003.
Elephant’s Trunk Nebula
Glowing Lagoon Photograph courtesy JPL-Caltech/NASA Swirls of glowing dust seem to flow around bright newborn stars in a new infrared picture of the Lagoon nebula taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and released September 14. Also known as NGC 6523, the nebula has been known since the 1700s. It's one of just two star-forming nebulae that can be seen with the naked eye from northern latitudes.