The Cocoon Nebula, IC 5146, a reflection and emission nebula in Cygnus, illuminated by the central hot star.

The nebula is surrounded by a dense molecular cloud which expands outwards in the iconic tail-shaped dust lanes, forming several magnificent figures.

Diffuse Ha emission dominates the background.

Image is the result of a two-panels mosaic for a total 30 hours integration time in HaLRGB

High resolution here

Caprile Observatory

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