This is a 3D picture of the Elephant’s Trunk nebula IC-1396 located in the Cepheus constellation a couple of thousand lightyears from Earth.  The nebula contains some new stars that are only a hundred thousand years old.  Modern humans were already hanging out when these things ignited.  This picture was created by a Finnish astrophotographer named J-P Metsävainio who used pictures taken at different times and remapped it to make it move.

 

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