2018-08-12 / Click on image to enlarge
The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067) is a large area of emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb, and divided from its brighter, larger neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.
The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. The Pelican is 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.