Where In The Universe Challenge #107

Article written: 3 Jun , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

It’s time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. Test your visual knowledge of the cosmos by naming where in the Universe this image was taken and give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft/telescope responsible for this picture. Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back on later at this same post to find the answer. To make this challenge fun for everyone, please don’t include links or extensive explanations with your answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is what is called the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, or IC 1396 in the constellation of Cepheus. Located at a distance of 2,450 light-years, there is an elongated dark globule within the emission nebula, which 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.

You can read more about this image on the Spitzer website.

11 Responses

  1. J. Major says

    ^^^ what he said.

    In the constellation Cepheus. 🙂

  2. J. Major says

    Oo! Oo! What HE said!!! ^^^

  3. Member
    bystander says

    Elephant’s Trunk Nebula in IC 1396
    Spitzer Space Telescope

  4. Member

    No, it’s not, you ignoramuses! It’s a Klingon “Bird of Prey” in the process of disengaging its “cloaking device”! 😉

  5. kirx says

    Field center: (RA H:M:S, Dec D:M:S) = (21:36:6.32, +57:27:40.6).
    Surely an infrared image…

  6. PJZen says

    That is from a dream I had last Thursday.

  7. renoor says

    Witch head nebula in infrared?

  8. ackerman says

    It looks like a bat to me. Is it the Bat Nebula? Taken by Hubble?

  9. Mr.No.Scope says

    This IS the Elephant Trunk Nebula. But it is also the astronomers that named it “brains on drugs” because they had to be on drugs if they think that this looks even a little bit like an elephant trunk.

  10. Andromeda says

    Protostars in IC 1396 by Spitzer Observatory in 2003.

  11. Dave Finton says

    A celestial being running for her life from an off-camera intergalactic predator.

    Sorry for the tongue-in-cheek post. I honestly have no idea what that picture is, but it does look cool!

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