A Cosmic Safari: Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques Passes by the Elephant Trunk Nebula And IC 1396

On Saturday August 30th at around 10pm-3am, Comet Jaques passed by the famous Elephant Trunk  Nebula in Ic 1396. The Elephant Trunk Nebula is a dark cloud of gas that is condensing down into baby stars. The edges of the cloud are being ionized by a nearby star, giving it the ghostly glow you see in this picture. (The Elephant Trunk is in the lower left). At the top right of the image is the Garnet Star. The Garnet Star, Mu Cephei (μ Cep, μ Cephei), is a red giant, and is one of the largest stars in the Milky Way.  

Comet Jaques appears streaked because of its apparent motion relative to the background stars. Even a 4min exposure showed its core as a short line. 

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