What's all of the commotion in the Tadpole nebula? Star formation. Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 light-years across, sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, bright newly formed cluster stars are seen all around the star-forming nebula. Notable near the image center are two relatively dense streamers of material trailing away from the nebula's central regions. Potentially sites of ongoing star formation in IC 410, these cosmic tadpole shapes are about 10 light-years long. (Source APOD).
Data capture: Steve Milne and Barry Wilson. Processing: Barry Wilson.Details: Takahashi FSQ106 at F5.0; 10 Micron GM1000HPS; QSI683wsg-8; Astrodon 5nm NB filters. Comprising 24 x 1200s Ha; 21 x 1200s SII; 21 x 1200s OIII; total integration 22 hrs. e-Eye, Spain. November 2017