clusters, glowing nebulae
and dark dust clouds
in Cepheus, royal constellation
the northern hemisphere.
You can follow them in amazing detail across this broad
a mosaic of telescopic images spanning about 17 degrees.
Beginning at the lower left, the large emission nebula
is cataloged as IC
Hundreds of light-years across and about 3,000 light-years distant,
it contains a dark, winding, tendril-shaped feature popularly known
as the Elephant's
Near the top middle, the bright nebula with an embedded star cluster
At the upper right lies NGC 7635
Put your cursor over the picture to see a labeled version
of the field.
Many of the objects highlighted have a designation from the
second version of the
catalog (Sh2) and the
catalog (B) of dark nebulae.
Associated with star formation, the sites are telltale markers along
region's complex of giant