IC5070: Pelican Nebula
An H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The nebula resembles a pelican in shape, hence the name. (You'd need to rotate my image 90 degrees clockwise to see the shape). The Pelican Nebula is a large area of emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan), close to Deneb, and edged by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.
The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain. Millions of years from now this nebula might no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something that appears completely different.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph: SBIG 11000 CM single shot colour : Titan Mount, Photoshop, Pixinsight
35 x 4 minutes (2 hours 20 minutes total)
Data capture 29th October 2013