This is sometimes called the Wizard Nebula, although I'm not sure why. NGC 7380 is located in the constellation Cepheus about 7,000 light-years from Earth within the Milky Way Galaxy. The star cluster is embedded in a nebula, which spans some 110 light-years. The stars of NGC 7380 have emerged from this star-forming region in the last 5 million years or so, making it a relatively young cluster. This image was taken the night of September 16-17, 2010, and is a 3.5 hour exposure, with 2 hours of h-alpha, while color was collected as the moon dropped toward the horizon.

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